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Old 09-19-2008, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Maine
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This sounds ridiculous when there are many schools with water-damaged, moldy trailers for classrooms. My high school student is in one of them. How does an expensive new headquarters building for administrators help the students?

Any thoughts? Outrage?
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Your tax dollars at work. Remember this the next time you're asked to approve a bond issue at the voting booth.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:48 PM
 
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How efficient is it to have 1,100 employees scattered among 12 different buildings? Projections show a savings of $22 million over 30 years. Is there a real reason to complain about becoming more efficient and saving money at the same time?
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:49 PM
 
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The voters had the opportunity to throw many of these people out last fall, and failed to do so. The County Council of PTAs endorsed most of them. People need to pay attention to these elections; they do matter.
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:51 PM
 
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Priorities. The money should go to schools, not administrative offices. If kids weren't in trailers, then this would be worth a look. With email and conference calling readily available, it doesn't really matter much where people work.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:01 PM
 
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You assume that money is being taken from schools. The article suggests that if the project is approved, funding would be arranged through the Economic Development Authority, not taken out of the school budget.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:19 PM
 
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Giving money to schools for arts, equipment, new classrooms, renovations or increasing teachers salaries cannot be justified based on projected returns but savings on a consolidated building can be easily justified based on efficiency. I do not think you can have bond offering without due diligence on returns etc and this has nothing to do with school budget.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Maine
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None of you have kids in moldy trailers, I guess.

The Fairfax County Damage Control Brigade is on the job here. Fairfax County can do no wrong. It has perfect schools, roads, parks and people.

And above all, they are diverse and tolerant.
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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How efficient is it to have 1,100 employees scattered among 12 different buildings? Projections show a savings of $22 million over 30 years. Is there a real reason to complain about becoming more efficient and saving money at the same time?
This is also my understanding. The current real estate market allowed the opportunity to by the building and consolidate, which will save $. Money is not coming out of the classroom budget.

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Old 09-19-2008, 04:10 PM
 
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The county is facing a $430 million budget shortfall next year. Alleged "savings" from this boondoggle, if any, won't happen for many years. And what will the Economic Development Authority do for the offices that are vacated when the adminstrators (of which there are too many anyhow) move out? Find a way to subsidize them and negate the alleged savings?
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