Meanwhile we also found ourselves dealing with all sorts of questions regarding the proposed CCS capital project upon which the district residents will vote Dec. 11 of this year. And even though we have met with the superintendent about the project, we really feel that we are in the dark about much of it. In fact we actually had already sent the superintendent an e-mail in which we wrote: “We think what is missing is the actual cost of each individual project and the reason for doing it at this time. Added to this are questions about the cost, the funding, the building aid and how much it will all add to the property taxes. Plus the concern about falling enrollment and increasing costs is always brought up in any discussion of the school.” It should be noted, we think, that when the last capital project was approved eight years ago, the student population was 1154 and the annual budget in the 13 million dollar range. Now the student population is 900 and the budget exceeds 17 million dollars.
In response to our e-mail to the superintendent, we received an e-mail which began with “I met today with the architectural firm to discuss how best to disseminate information on the proposed project.” We were stunned. It is now up to the architectural firm to decide how the school presents a capital project to its residents. But perhaps that helps explain why we seemed to learn so little from the superintendent when we met with him.
Thus, we are hoping to have the opportunity to not only get answers to our original questions, such as what do the individual parts of the project cost and what is the case being made for having to undertake them, answered along with all of our new questions. Given how this capital project seems to have been rolled out, we wonder why has the public not seemingly been aware of this capital project before now. And what has the public input into the project been? And, given the fact that the school board adopted the proposed project, two weeks after they revealed it at a school board meeting, what is the rush?