Those who think the upcoming school facilities bond will save neighborhood schools better get informed -- $62 million will be spent on creating three large, modern schools in the Valley and at Smith and Four Georgians plus upgrades to Central and a new district-wide phone system.
This leaves $8 million to be spent on all seven remaining K-5 schools where more than half of our kids go to school. This is less than the district's estimate of $27 million for deferred (undone) maintenance on these schools; $8 million is the same amount allocated for Central alone and less than half the $18 million the new Jim Darcy will cost. Does this seem reasonable to you?
Two of these -- the overcrowded, unsafe, unhealthy and deteriorating middle schools (sixth, seventh and eighth grades) -- will get nothing. Zero. Zip. They will likely school 1,600 of our kids each year for seven to ten years before any improvements will be made to them.
If this plan is implemented, there will be classroom space for 4,200 K-5 kids. There are now 3,319 K-5 kids in the elementary district. The superintendent has publicly said that Bryant, Kessler, Central and Hawthorne will be closed.
Not a consolidation plan?