The recent letter concerning why new and not remodel was well thought out. Many of us have been discussing the same concerns.
Where is the study by the district regarding a remodel of the existing building? Classrooms too small? Remove walls. Windows old and single pane? Replace. Heating and air conditioning not adequate? Replace and install new.
All of the concerns I have read can be corrected within the current building.
In California our son’s engineering firm specializes in this type of remodel and renovation to schools and buildings that are up to almost a 100 years old, bringing them to current and modern standards.
In Walla Walla it seems we do not have a desire to save and live with just a little less, we just want new and better. Oh, and we can get this new building for a cost of approximately 9 percent over the state average, 9 percent of $10 million when I do the math is $900,000. And we seem to think it is no big deal.
Well I have news: It is a big deal. If the bond as currently proposed is passed, who is going to be the watchdog for the voters to see that money is returned to the voters?
If I recall we have been to this dance before and the money went to another behind-the-scenes project. If we do not have someone appointed from the citizens to watch the project it is very easy toward the end to start writing change orders for things we thought we could not have but now with these funds that would go back to the voters we can spend them down.
This project could be fast-tracked to be ready for the students when they return in the fall if the district desired to have it done this way.
No one is saying we do not need to have a better science building. We are just saying there very well may be a better way. “No” to new.