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Sean Donahue April 18, 2014 at 09:00 AM
I don't envy the SB for having to be in this position and I fully appreciate their desire forRead Moreresolu tion. Let's face it, nobody likes the portables and demolishing them may be the correct decision but I feel it was made in haste. My disappointment in the SB is in relation to the process, not the decision, the process was abandoned. This decision was made without evaluating the cost benefits and performing a risk analysis in totality incorporating all the variables such as total cost, risk to the students, displacement of the students, etc. It appeared the decision was made on pure emotion rather than thoughtful evaluation. It leaves the question; how can a decision of this magnitude be made without open public discourse of the potential impact to the displaced students and proposed solutions for dealing with it?
GrassisGreener April 18, 2014 at 06:39 PM
Jim, At least you could share the full story for those that don't want to sit through the entireRead Moreme eting. For those that do, head over to www.wctv21.com and link to Videos on Demand....... With regards to the $56K you had to expend the funds to figure out the root cause of the issue. Do you suggest just staring at the wall and take a guess? .......... Not one EXPERT in that room could guarantee that they'd get all the mold nor could they guarantee that they wouldn't leak again. This thing is a bottom of the barrel version of a modular, came to us used and is over 14 years old. Regardless of how much, it doesn't make sense to invest another dime in the place if you cannot guarantee the issue will go away forever......... With regards to Mr. Murray and get that he's a tax payer and he has his right to speak. He also bid on the project as part of the RFP process. That process was still open and not complete. That is the reason they did not release the bids. They advised they would once that process was complete which is a very different story than you portray ....... In my opinion, Mr. Murray put the SB and this town in a very tenuous position legally with presenting his bid. If the "process" had gone forward there would certainly be legal challenges that we'd have to deal with. If I were on the board that would of been enough to kill the whole thing too ...... Displaced students, while not ideal, have a home right now. If it remains status quo until something else can be figured out so be it. In my view, getting rid of it now just speeds up that process as you would've been searching for a place to put those kids anyway since that is prime School real estate where that sits today ...... Would I have liked to have seen it go through sure. But a bidder/tax payer using his tax payer rights to circumvent a proposal process would've been a non-starter in my book. So would spending $250K never mind $400, $500 or $800K! The crutch has been removed so maybe we can get a long-term solution figured out.
Joel Desilets April 18, 2014 at 03:29 PM
Looking forward to it, hope to see many people attend and participate in the discussion!
SamIam April 20, 2014 at 01:30 PM
Leave it as is.....
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