by Anura Guruge
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Wow, what a difference a year and a $14 Million reduction makes.
Who would have thought that this kind of across-the-board, bilateral unity could be found in Alton when it came to spending ANY money on improving ACS facilities.
This year it appears that everybody, whether ‘concerned-taxpayer’, ACS parent, Democrat, Republican, ACS staff, Tea Partier, are all, metaphorically holding hands and singing Kumbaya. This portends for a near 100% majority at the ballot. Who would have thought.
Wow. I did a bit of research. Zero opposition. No Facebook snipes, sponsored leaflets, letters to the media. This is good. But, I am a tad surprised. As far as I can see this $4.2 Million initiative doesn’t address any kind of renovation to the existing older building — e.g., enhancing the ventilation or getting proper industrial-grade Carbon Monoxide detectors. But, it is possible that money for such renovations is already there doing nothing, sitting collecting 0.02% interest.
It is amazing that the fractious, factious and fustian Alton Central School Board, who can’t even agree on ‘Common Core‘, came together on this $3.9 Million article and passed it, 3-0, with NO dissenters. Wow. Wonder what they are up to? Very unlike them to agree on something major like this ‘unanimously’ — though I think the Board is supposed to have more than 3 people on it.
I haven’t seen any images of what this new addition is going to look like. I am sure that our well compensated and apparently infallible (not to mention Teflon-coated) Architect must have done some works-of-art. Maybe they are already hanging at the Currier.
So let the building start …