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Submitted by chrismyers on Sat, 02/20/2010 - 18:52
Anonymous writes "I have been following this OSFC building process for several years. I personally know two people that work for firms that work on these school bidding projects . These guys tell me that the architects and construction guys like these building projects- they make money on them . But they tell me that they are wondering why good solid buildings are being demolished to build buildings that are new, but not contstructed as well , and will not last as long as the demolished buildings. Of course they will not admit this in public or in front of a school administrator. But talk to one of these guys in private, and I get the same answer virtually every time. I was over by the Westfield school building as it was being torn down. As a demolition guy was walking by the fence , I went over and asked him his opinion about the project . He shook his head , telling me they could hardly get that steel out of the building , it was built so well. He said the new building will not be as strong as the old one.
One example is Burroughs school. Yes , an old building , but very solid . So teachers , and you could put a teachers name here to make it more personal and meaningful, they are being laid off because we are short of funds. Save Burroughs , for example, we could have saved alot of money.
I live in an old house , have high speed internet access , modern heating , insulation for heat retention.
We taxpayers can't afford to tear down our houses when they get old, we update them . TPS can update, too.
The TPS share is over of this project is over 150 million dollars . Is this prudent in tough economic times ? Toledo is in a very tough economic situation, and it could get worse. New buildings are an option in good times, these are not good times in Toledo . We must face that fact.
Is TPS really serious about saving money ? Much could be saved here.
It is not a new building that makes good schools, it is the good teachers and healthy families. You can't make emotionally healthy and stable families with new buildings.
I attended Waite high school, and old building when I was there . It is committed family structure that makes a student succeed !
Re-think this building project !