Saturday, November 26, 2011

GCSD Emulates Walmart ...

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"Falling" Prices  

"Needed" Capital Projects Cost Timeline

Jan. 25, 2011 ~~ Special Meeting: BOE ALL present; Supt. O'Rourke; Deputy Supt. Nadolinski; Asst. Supt. Alaimo ~~ Capital Project Planning; Need for Athletic Facilities Master Plan;
TOTAL Capital Project Pricetag with Athletic Upgrades: $169 million

Mar. 22, 2011 ~~ Special Meeting/Budget Hearing: BOE ALL present; Deputy Supt. Nadolinski; Asst. Supt. Lou Alaimo ~~ $170 million in capital improvements are needed

June 14, 2011 ~~ Regular Monthly Meeting: BOE ALL present; Supt. O'Rourke (his last meeting); Deputy Supt. Nadolinski; Asst. Supt. Alaimo ~~ $170 million in capital projects need to be done within next 10 years.

July 11, 2011 ~~ Reorganizational & Regular Monthly Meeting: BOE (Stenglein absent); Supt. Deane-Williams (her first meeting); Deputy Supt. Nadolinski; Asst. Supt. Alaimo ~~ GCSD has $156 million construction project list. (Alaimo's last regular meeting)

Aug. 9, 2011 ~~ Regular Monthly Meeting: BOE (Boily absent); Supt. Deane-Williams; Deputy Supt. Nadolinski ~~ We need to make $150+ million in repairs over the next 10 years. The district has "$120-130 million in infrastructure problems." BOE adopted Option 1 of  3 options presented for capital repair projects.

Sept. 13, 2011 ~~ Regular Monthly Meeting: BOE ALL present; Supt. Deane-Williams; Deputy Supt. Nadolinski ~~ Nadolinski's last meeting

Sept. 27, 2011 ~~ Special Meeting on EXCEL II: BOE (Stenglein absent; Supt. Deane-Williams; Bernie Donegan; Lou Bianchi ~~ $120 million in projects includes $20-25 million in athletic projects, upgrades to fields, artificial turf; lighted field; outdoor toilets.

  • How did we get from $170 million (including athletic upgrades) down to $120 million in needed repairs (still including ALL athletic upgrades), given that the $170 million was based upon a thorough walk through required by NYSED?
  • What were the other $50 million in repairs that got dropped from the original list?
  • Why were they dropped?
  • Why is the total $20-25 million in "needed" athletic projects included in the reduced $120 million option the BOE adopted?
  • Why are the sports projects being FULLY funded?
  • Did they decide which projects were to be dropped based upon which buildings would be closing?
  • How do they justify spending $20-25 million on "wants" like athletic facility upgrades at the same time that we've cut academic programs, classes, services for students?
  • Why did the figure suddenly drop from $170 million in the June meeting (never mentioned again!) to $156 million in the July meeting when Babs starts?
  • Does Babs realize what's happened?


Anonymous said...

So we're in for another scandal...... The $50 million in projects that disappeared must be for buildings they know are closing. My guess is Odyssey, West Ridge and Parkland will be history.

Anonymous said...

The devil is in the details and they never have to give us those. If they don't have to do something they do not do it. They quibble over the word "shall" or "should" as opposed to "must". The only reason they tell us anything is that they need voter approval to move funds. If they didn't need that, we would not hear anything ahead of implementation.

SCATS said...

To 10:28PM ~~ I seriously doubt they will close three schools in one shot. However, they ought to close that many, maybe a fourth, too.

To 8:42AM ~~ They tell us when we make things an issue ... if we get loud enough. That's what they call "transparency."

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Anonymous said...

So........has the district posted anywhere what this project will cost us in annual tax dollars per household? I, too, question WHY there is asbestos abatement every year at Apollo. It also seems we need roofs replaced on an annual basis at some of the same schools.

And remember any money they say will come from the state is "free" money just comes from our left pocket instead of our right one.

And yes, they need to close schools but I don't see them closing Parkland. That would not be politically correct considering where it is located.

SCATS said...

To 7:08AM ~~ The EXCEL II newsletter (which my neighborhood still has NOT received) states:
"The local share of this project is estimated to be $675,000, which is projected to impact property taxes by less than 1 cent per $1,000 of assessed value. Therefore, for every $100,000 in assessed value, Greece homeowners would pay $1 more in school taxes each year."

I don't understand how tennis courts, dugouts & other such items became "health & safety" issues either. It does seem like we're being scammed!