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November 27, 2013

Capital projects and audits and Redskins, oh my...

We are happy to report that we did indeed have a meeting with both the Superintendent of Schools and the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at CCS to discuss our questions and concerns about the proposed capital project. Plus we also had the opportunity to chat with the Business Manager regarding funding for the project. And for the most part we feel we now know more about the project although we still find ourselves musing about it.

In regards to our concern about not having the estimated cost of the various parts of the project, we learned that it seems that the architectural firm for the project is also heavily involved in deciding what the public should and should not know. And we gather, from what we were told, that it is their opinion that the more the public knows, the less likely the project is to pass which would no doubt not be in the architectural firm’s best interest. Thus we find it interesting that the school would choose to defer to the architectural firm as we have to wonder what on earth the architectural firm knows about those of us living in the school district. Of course, we might be tempted to think that about the school too.

We also learned that the project is not slated to begin until 2015. And while we understand it takes time to get state approval of the project as well as bid the project, we think the 2015 start really makes us wonder about the seeming rush to have the vote on this project. Somehow it is hard to understand how waiting a month until after the holidays would be the end of the world or at least the end of the project.

We also asked how long it would take for the school to realize a savings in energy based on the conversion from current lighting to LED lighting. As we understand it, all the lighting slated to be replaced works except for the strip lights above the stage. And although there was no answer for that particular question, we were told that for all the parts of the project designed to make the school more energy efficient, the pay back time would be 18 years. Obviously, the change to propane heat would be sooner than would the change in lighting.

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