Thursday, September 14, 2006

Please sign Blue NACS petition

What does the petition drive really boil down to in NACS?

If you sign the Yellow petition you are agreeing to put another band-aid on Carroll High School and you are agreeing to a 65 million dollar project that will increase you property taxes.

If you sign the Blue petition you are stopping the above project and your property taxes will not increase this next year due to NACS.

Please sign the Blue petition.

If you want to sign the Blue petition or carry a Blue petition please call me at 338-0833.

Mike Sylvester

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

if you sign the blue petition, you wont get a new high school...in fact, all you will get is NOTHING for a year. And even THEN the school board has approval over whatever plan REGARDLESS of what the blue people think.

This has gotten riddiculous. The blue petition is to STOP construction on CHS, not build a second high school. It's too bad that in today's society organizations like the superhero team "THE REMONSTRATORS" can lie with their message and get away with it.

Anonymous said...

if you sign the blue petition, you wont get a new high school...in fact, all you will get is NOTHING for a year. And even THEN the school board has approval over whatever plan REGARDLESS of what the blue people think.

This has gotten riddiculous. The blue petition is to STOP construction on CHS, not build a second high school. It's too bad that in today's society organizations like the superhero team "THE REMONSTRATORS" can lie with their message and get away with it.

LP Mike Sylvester said...

I was at a meeting including many of the leaders of the Blue petition side just last night...

None of us are saying we will get a second High School if the Blue gets more signatures. I have not heard that said ONCE by the Blue side.

If the Blue wins then we will not put a 65 million dollar band-aid on Carroll this year; that is ALL that will happen.

I hope you took the time to read my post before you commented; however, most anonymous readers do not.

One idea for our ever so brave "Anonymous said," you should read my blog before you make comments that make as little sense as this, they make you look VERY uninformed...

If you research the topic I would suggest you post comments and use your name like most of us do.

Mike Sylvester

Jeff Pruitt said...

If the choice is between nothing and waste, I would choose nothing every time.

However, I don't have a dog in this fight...

William Larsen said...

anonymous, if you read Mike's comment, you would easily see he is not saying anything about a second high school. If you want to talk about which, side lies, then look at the feasibility study itself.

Table T-9 is found on Page 35 of the NACS Feasibility Study. I have highlighted what I think are the important values to look at.

First is the size of the proposed new high school in relationship to the current Carroll high school. The Proposed new high school has 16% fewer students and 15% larger in size.

The optimum enrollment column shows the combined new high school has 85 more students than the proposed renovation at Carroll.

Adjusting the optimum design enrollment number to produce a combined two high school total enrollment of 2,571 reduces the building size from 356,250 sq. ft. to 240,838 sq. ft. Based on $275 per sq. ft. this new high school would cost $66,230,515.

Carroll High School’s design criteria was 181.76 sq. ft. per student. It really makes no difference if you use optimum or design numbers, as long as you use there respective enrollment numbers.

However, there is most likely another major error on this table. Note 2 states they assumed 250 sq. ft per student to cover building and athletic facilities. This means the difference between the design standard of 181.76 sq. ft. per student and 250 sq. ft multiplied by the enrollment number of 1,425 multiplied by $275 per sq. ft. should be the cost attributed to the athletic facilities. If so, this table identifies $26,739,706 as its cost. Is this correct? Or is it that this table actually shows it counting the athletic facilities twice?

For example, note 3 identifies the cost of the new high school at $275 per sq. ft., which includes soft costs of 30%. Note 7 identifies costs for new construction at Carroll of $161 per sq. ft. that does not show soft costs. Is the difference between the $275 and $161 including the athletic facilities as well?

This is a poor table to put into a feasibility report. At a minimum the costs for land, building, parking, athletic facilities and soft costs should be identified separately.

The school board screwed up! They took a perfectly good middle school with a capacit of 700 students, spent nearly $1 million to convert it to a Freshmen Academy, spent $37 million to build a new 1,000 seat Middle School to replace the one they converted, and now want to spend another $63.75 million.

Now had they taken the $38 million to convert and build a new middle school and applied to a new high school, we would be looking at about $30 million, not $63.75 million.

Andrew Kaduk said...

Amen, Jeff.

Tamara Marano said...

My husband and I have been interested in signing the blue petition to stop the renovation, but do not have any contact info. We are not interested in spending anymore money for a quick fix. No matter how you look at it, one day there will need to be another high school built. Northwest Allen County School district will continue to grow at a rapid rate. Eventually, a second high school will be needed. Why waste 60 million on a temporary fix.

Also, an anonymous person wrote earlier that even if the blue group is able to stop the renovation, the school board has final say in what is done. I'd like to remind that person that the school board members are elected officials! They WILL do what the majority wants! If the consensus is to stop the renovation, and eventually build a new school, then the school board will support that.....if they want to be reelected.

If someone could send us contact info. before the deadline, at 4:00 P.M. today, I'd greatly appreciate it. TMarano13@aol.com

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