I would really like to know just exactly what renovations are needed for Centennial High School that requires $52 million. What are the taxpayers buying? A million pencils at $52 each?
Here’s what I don’t get; we have been “talking for decades” about building a new high school, and here we are about 1.5 months out from a vote and we don’t know what we are voting on? We have heard tons of buzzwords like “21st Century Education” and “collaboration spaces”, but who knows what that really is or what it looks like?
It is not my intent to disparage board members. I realize this problem of deferred maintenance has built up over four decades at least – I get that. What this tells me, though, is that our “talking” for decades has not been very well directed, not well moderated or organized. It has just been talk. “Words are wind.” Another point I wish to make is that when I talk to individual board members, staff (and a student next week), there have been lots of details, lots of documentation, lots of numbers and charts shared internally, but that “education”, if you will, has not made it outside the four walls of the Mellon Center. I very much believe that members of the Facility Committee, the Finance team and many other groups have a solid understanding of exactly what work is being planned. The rest of us do not, and yet we are asked to vote on $150 million.