Friday, July 16, 2010

Where, Oh Where Did $8-9 Million Go?

  
In an article outlining the EXCEL construction project work taking place around our schools this summer, the Greece Post cites construction guru Lou Bianchi on the project cost: "The approximate cost of the complete construction is in the area of $12 million to $13 million, Bianchi said."

When this project was readied to be put before the voters, we were told the cost was around $21.4 million. This BLOG from Dec. of 2007 and this GCSD web page clearly states that amount.

After the CIP debacle, which we're STILL trying to clean-up from, one would think such obvious lapses as this wouldn't be a problem!
  

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think they are saving that money to pay their legal fees.

Anonymous said...

So the front of the district page says it was approved for over 20 million , but when you link to the bids they total about 13 million. So what will we do with the remaining slush fund of over 7 million?

Anonymous said...

Maybe we can use the extra to repair deficient construction?

Anonymous said...

I think the 2 year costs are in line.

SCATS said...

To 11:08AM ~~ What 2 yr. costs aree you talking about? If you read the quote that's in question, he states the cost of the COMPLETED PROJECT.

Anonymous said...

It will be interestinf to see if they learned from the last CIP or did they bite more off then they can chew again. If you drive around the town it sure looks like theres more left to do then time left in the summer.

Anonymous said...

Construction costs are not the same as total project costs. There are design fees, construction management fees, contingencies, incidentals...

SCATS said...

UPDATE

I've been informed that included in the $21.4 million is:

approx. $1 million for an architect's fee;
$3 million for technology upgrades for Infinite Campus, wireless conversions, etc.;
and management fees to contractors and such making the total project cost $21.4 million.

It bothers me that the "itemization" of the $8-9 million questioned still only totals $4 million!