I am writing to express my support for the Facilities Plan put forth by the Board of Education and to offer what I hope will be a constructive suggestion. While the board's plan is not everything I wanted it to be (I wanted to see a new high school), I know that the board worked very diligently to come up with the best plan possible, taking into account an enormous number of factors, including the over-riding cost factor.
I am very disturbed by the fact that on the very day of the vote, two board members presented an alternative plan that they are putting forth as a viable fall back plan. Even without their plan I believe that the bond issue would be difficult to pass. With their alternative plan on the table, I fear that passage of the bond will be virtually impossible.
As I said, I am 100 percent in support of the official board plan, yet even I wonder how Messrs. Sussman and Zimmerman were able to construct a plan that will accommodate more students for just over 1/3 the price. Since many people in the community will be willing to give up the Grade 6-8 Middle School to save over $50 million we need to know what else is different between the official plan and the Sussman/Zimmerman plan. Specifically, are their numbers an accurate reflection of the architect's calculations as they have stated? If not, we need to know. Second, what are they deleting from the official plan that brings their price tag down so far?
Absent a detailed analysis of the Sussman/Zimmerman plan and a line by line comparison between it and the official plan, I have no hope that the official plan will be passed. Why would anyone vote for the more expensive plan without knowing what they are losing by voting for the cheaper plan?
I hope this information will be forthcoming soon and will be widely disseminated. I offer my services if there is anything that I can do to be of help in this effort.