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Residents oppose any school bond propositions
We are residents of the municipality of Anchorage concerned with the mismanagement of capital funds by the Anchorage School District. We encourage all residents of the Municipality to vote "No" on the ASD Bond Propositions 1, 2 and 3 at the April 5 election.
Proposition 1 states that improvements to Service High School would cost a total of $68.4 million and that due to the availability of state grants, the district is asking voters to approve Proposition 1 in the amount of $37.1 million.
We believe that improvements to the Service High School would not cost $68 million. It is highly likely that construction of an entirely new high school would probably not cost that much. The cost to construct the new Eagle River High School five years ago was considerably less than that amount.
Propositions 2 and 3 are in the amounts of $16 million and $17 million, respectively. The information the district has handed out is not specific enough on the improvements it would be constructing. The literature handed out by ASD states the state of Alaska would provide 60 to 70 percent of the total cost. That means that the total cost of improvements would be approximately $48 million and $48.6 million. That is an enormous amount of money to hand ASD without guarantees on how it will be effectively and efficiently spent.
In addition, let's not forget what happened with the two propositions the school district sought to have approved by the voters a couple of years ago for the purchase of an elementary site and installation of water and sewer lines along Yosemite Drive in Eagle River.
The Anchorage School District stated that those projects would cost $10 million. The voters rejected the two propositions. However, the district used some funds it had available and proceeded to accomplish those projects. The actual cost to accomplish those projects was $1.5 million considerably less than the $10 million the District had told voters they would need.
Based on the history of mismanagement of capital projects and misinformation by the Anchorage School District, we recommend that Municipality of Anchorage voters reject Propositions 1, 2 and 3 at the April 5 election.
Pete Gunn, Paul Gunn, Jose Vicente, Dave Neuschwander, Mark Krupinski, Denny Billman, Mike Kott, Cheryl Remme, Suzanne DeCino, Fred Nolan, Jim Gale
Chugiak-Eagle River residents
This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.