Still no school board consensus on building a fourth high school? At the glacial rate of progression, the board needs to come to a decision very soon. Each time I bike to Coralville, and especially, North Liberty, houses and businesses seem to have mushroomed during the night. They don't look nice yet without any trees around them, but in the absence of any meaningful city planning, my hope is that trees will grow or be planted to hide the barren and disorganized ugliness.
Of course, there's still the question of whether the district has anyone qualified to manage a large construction project like a fourth high school or the elementary schools that still need to be built. In its process review, Synesi auditors said that the school district has no physical plant staff qualified to manage multiple large construction projects, but that ship seems to have sailed. If the district or the board had a clue as to how feckless and profligate physical plant director Paul Schultz has been with taxpayer funds, they would have fired him by now. They haven't.
So okay, the district has money to burn, our money, money they can even forget about like the "desperately" needed SILO fund, which they've had since 2007 but forgot to spend. We can still afford to install $100,000 parking lots and rip them out again at district expense because the ground wasn't prepared properly. There appear to be no county, city, or state inspectors who can guarantee safety from lead and asbestos poisoning, clean water, and quality construction in school district buildings.
Maybe the board should drag its feet on the fourth high school. Why put millions of dollars into a new building unlikely to be built properly? I am so fed up with the school board and district administrators I can barely stand to write about their dysfunction any more. I admire those who still take a keen interest in their meanderings and still seek accountability, a rare commodity these days. Your patience and attention to detail are astonishing.
I might better come to those facilities management committee meetings in August. That committee, headed by school board member Jeff McGuinness, seems to be the only committee that still interests me.
We need to get Sarah Swisher and Tuyet Dorau off the school board. They are not helping to move the board forward but seem more interested in fighting for attention (Swisher) and control (Dorau).