The Foster school site project is back on the PPS Board agenda on 4/20/15. I have had concerns about this project since March, 2013. See my then blog post "PPS: Rethink Foster long-term leases" here.
Why should PPS spend $4.5 million on this Foster site for only 8 classrooms when for about $2 million Kellogg could be reopened?
I have sent the following email to PPS Board members:
I have the following concerns about the "Regional Early Learning Academy/Generations Longhouse at Foster School Site" project on the 4/20/15 Board agenda.:
(1) I do not like the developing system of centralized pre-school programs. I would prefer a decentralized system of pre-school programs with pre-schools at each elementary school.
(2) The current "Project Concept" also calls for "3 classrooms of PPS kindergarten" at the Foster site. Kindergartens should be at elementary schools.
(3) There are unresolved enrollment balancing issues in the Harrison Park, Lents, Kelly, Marysville and Woodmere school areas. A rebuilt Foster school could have a future use as a school in balancing enrollment growth or as a location for an immersion program.
(4) The "Preliminary Project Budget" shows a "PPS contribution" of $4.5 million. (a) What budget will this come from? (b) Refurbishing Kellogg has been estimated to cost about $2 million and would result in more than 30 useable classrooms for new immersions programs and over enrollment relief in SE schools. This current Foster project would results in 8 useable classrooms (2 day care, 3 pre-school, 3 kindergarten, and note that the current Foster facility has 6 classrooms that will be demolished) at a greater cost. Refurbishing Kellogg should have funding priority ahead of Foster.
(5) This deal is way too complicated. Why the complex set of leases and agreements? Why not just sell the property?
Thanks - Dave Porter