SUPPORTING THIS PROJECT IS CRITICAL TO BOTH THE CITY AND ITS SCHOOLS.
THE REJECTION OF A DEBT EXCLUSION BY VOTERS DOES NOT MAKE THE PROBLEM GO AWAY.
The City has been pursuing a grant from the MSBA for many years. If the voters do not approve a debt exclusion allowing this project to move forward, the City will be forced to the back of the line in seeking and obtaining future MSBA funding. Students will continue to suffer due to the inability of the current building to provide a 21st Century learning environment through key features such as collaborative space, modern labs and infrastructure for technology.
Meanwhile, the City and School budgets will continue to suffer due to the high costs associated with maintaining an outdated building, and the danger of the imminent failure of the school’s mechanical systems will remain. When these systems fail, the City will be faced with up to $200 million in expensive repairs to replace the systems and bring the building into code compliance. Since the repair project is outside the MSBA’s Core Program, the city will bear this expense alone.
An unsubsidized city repair of the high school building WILL cripple operating budgets for both the city and the schools. The longer we wait the more costly the project becomes.