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What is let Duluth Vote's Alternative Plan?
How did we arrive at the
million figure in bonding for our alternative
to the Red Plan?
These figures are taken from Johnson Control's calculations. We have assumed the same 14%
construction inflation increase that JCI has calculated. This bumps the total
from $170,207,209 million to approximately $194 million. Because the School Board has
already authorized $66,092,086 million in bonds which will go toward the Red Plan we
have deducted this amount from the total so that our petition asks for
$128 million total. (The total price tag of our alternative is $194
million) The overall cost for the
projects listed below is almost $100 million less than the spending on the Red
- Plan B has the central middle school built on the Central HS
campus. This would lead to major construction savings and ongoing
opportunities for operational savings with staff sharing possible between
the 2 schools on the same site
- Property acquisition around Ordean would not be necessary.
- Plan B would sell all unused district properties, just like the
- At the elementary level, the building configurations are close
to being identical to the red plan except that our plan retains two more
elementary schools than the Red Plan.
- The main difference is 3 high schools and 3 middle schools, instead
of 2 of each. Also we don't fix everything in every building all at
once. What school district ever does? We recognize that we
will need to have an ongoing maintenance plan.
- Plan B is much smaller than the red plan but still accomplishes
a huge amount of renovation and new construction. There is no way it
can be termed any kind of a minimalist approach to the district's
facilities issues. It would still be one of the single biggest
school building programs in state history.
To cast a "no" vote on the Red Plan it will be necessary for voters
to vote "yes" on our smaller plan.