Read Dr. Robert Schiller’s Response Carefully:
Based on a separate email conversation with Interim Superintendent Robert Schiller, his quote below makes obvious that the option was not feasible only because it does not yield 10 acres of economic development. He made the case that a school could be built for $65 Million however it would only yield 6 acres for economic development. It was for this reason that his option was rejected.
Think about that – a school for half the price that also leaves room for us to keep the land for future development or community use. Dr. Schiller’s option provides for a new school in effect with diminished risk. Thank you Dr. Schiller for explaining the details so we know that there is an alternative! Why was the community not given the choices?
“ School Board and City Council agreed, and Perkins Eastman was selected as the external consultant. The results of their study provided clear direction. Unfortunately, the “$65 million option” is not feasible and will not yield the acreage for substantive economic development.”
“Early on, it appeared that the city finances/voter base had little support for a $120mm project. Therefore, in February, Bob Jones, of Arcadis,( project manager), and I developed a modest @$60mm addition to GM while preserving the newest section (science classrooms, 2 gyms, café etc.) as an alternative. This would allow @6 acres for development.”