At last night’s Tecumseh School Board meeting I stated my belief that the bleacher and track problems could be solved at the existing middle school site for about $1,000,000 rather than the $2,100,000 partial cost of the presently approved plan. My proposal includes a state of the art track, which I now understand is urgently and immediately required either at the middle school or at the high school.
Here are the facts, as I understand them from Mr. Wright and Mr. McAran and, following those facts, the unanswered questions I urge all school board members to address objectively and aggressively before writing checks over the next few months for $1,135,000.
Faced with a planned school budget deficit of nearly $500,000 for 2009-2010 and an acknowledged possible deficit of up to $1,500,000, I believe such an aggressive final review is the board’s fiduciary responsibility before proceeding.
Costs for replacing the existing condemned stands with a like number of stands (1400)
• Removal of existing stands: $35,000 or less
• Cost of new stands: ($240 x 1400) $336,000
• Hillside preparation for new stands: $150,000
Mr. McAran and Mr. Wright told me a new state requirement instituted in June 2008 requires one parking space for every five stadium seats located on school property. The Assistant Chief, Buildings Division, Bureau of Construction Codes, State of Michigan, Charlie Curtis, informed me today by phone that no such construction code exists. I am awaiting information from Carol Eaflick, school law attorney in the State Department of Education with details of any such new requirement.
The office of Michael Flanagan, State Superintendent of Education referred me to her and assured me she would provide a definitive response.