Richard Belcher at WSBTV2 reported that the costs for the new North Atlanta High School are massive. The following are a couple of excerpts – read the whole article and see a video at the link:
The Atlanta Public School system is weeks away from completing the most expensive public school in state history. .. The total cost will be just under $150,000,000. It costs $56,500,00 for the property on Northside Parkway, $82,634,808 for the main buildings and $8,759,181 for the athletic fields. The latest expense is $13,000,000 for, among other things, the removal of unexpected underground rock. That’s a total of $147,893,989 for about 1,650 students.
Belcher then compares the $82.6 million cost of North Atlanta to other local area high school buildings. The highest cost was $50.6 million – that’s $32 million less than APS is spending on North Atlanta.
The cost of the athletic facilities is also way above the amounts paid by other schools in the area – and APS got less than the other schools.
The APS administration has touted this project from the start. However, now Belcher reports that:
[He] tried to get an APS representative to defend the cost, but no administrators or board members agreed to speak with him.
Is anyone surprised that no one wanted to comment?
I urge you to read the entire article and then see if you can conclude that our current Board is acting responsibly with your tax dollars.
BOE candidates – add this issue to your list!