Anyone who has dealt with contractors knows that they require close multilevel supervision. To do otherwise invites (guarantees) inferior/improper materials, shoddy workmanship, incompleteness, and worse. This district does not have the resources to properly supervise these dozens of substantial tasks simultaneously (see p. 3, PWN, 2/1).
The proper way to accomplish the enhancement of our school facilities is to do some of it each year. Contractors can then be evaluated on one job before giving them another one. This acts as an incentive for the contractor to do a good job, and remedy if he doesn't. It also allows the taxpayer to monitor the performance of the school officials who run these projects.
Fund $2-$3 million per year, and verify the return on our investment. Do not provide $66 million up front because the Port taxpayer will not get the expected results, and lose a great deal of money in the process.
Proposing a $66 million bond instead of an $86 million bond shows that the administration does not accept the message of the previous vote. They have a one sided view based on their educator/administrator orientation. They do not see (or care about) the taxpayer/cost effectiveness aspects.
The proposed $66 million should be firmly rejected and a new financing philosophy should be introduced, perhaps by new personnel with a broader viewpoint.