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School auditorium costs go over budget

Original post made on Jun 26, 2014

Development costs are through the roof across the Peninsula, and it's taking a toll on school district plans for new auditoriums at Crittenden and Graham middle schools

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 26, 2014, 2:36 PM

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Posted by Zekkular Bulgaris
a resident of Willowgate
on Jun 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Is this what my taxes are paying for?
We should put that money to better use, and have some safety courses for our children. Alternatively, we could stop being whiny and get these kids some concealed handgun licenses.

Just my two cents.


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Posted by Hmm
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Hmm, over budget, what else is new? But that is ok, the wealthy property taxpayers will pay for everything and rents will go up.


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Posted by Rich
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 27, 2014 at 3:20 pm

You can *SAVE* 600 grand by cutting back ONE LOBBY ?!?!?

Yowsa.

Is this a public school building, or a new location for the Ritz?


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Posted by Rich
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 27, 2014 at 3:23 pm

I find it very ironic that the local schools, which send a very strong message from the earliest grades on that only "lesser" people don't attend college, is now facing the reality of a shortage of skilled (but not college) labor.


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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 27, 2014 at 6:38 pm

The meeting was scheduled for Monday, June 30, 4pm at the District office. The cost overruns are mainly in Phase II at Graham, concerning a bigger 2-story building that was recently introduced after schematic plan adoption. The auditoriums themselves (Phase III) are apparently keeping to the costs previously written.
Rich, I volunteered for awhile at the Los Altos HS building trades class. It is imperative I think that kids of a more hands-on bent also be "college ready" in case they change their minds after a few years. The HS graduate in this area makes estimated median $26,000 (13% poverty) and a 4 yr college graduate $81,000 (3.8% poverty) [source: US Census ACS for MVWSD area in 2012]


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Posted by John
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 29, 2014 at 7:53 am

Not to worry. The school board will come back at us for another bloated bond measure in a few years.


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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 29, 2014 at 8:33 am

John, it is much more likely that some schools/areas will be left off i(n a decade) after money runs low (if two-schools at a time rebuild model is used). There is also a constitutional issue - Gann limit. Borrowing may only go up to a certain limit of the Assessed Valuation of this tax district.
If you want to know who is approving the spending - read the minutes of the School Board votes :)

There are also two very dedicated fellows who ran for school board - Jim Pollart and Peter Darrah - who are trying their best, as committee volunteers, to help advise us on this bond spending area. (Board Facilities Committee). If you want to know how the BFC request for more administrative support was handled by the Board, view the last Board meeting video. :(


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