After getting no response from New Berlin Public Schools to my request submitted on September 28 for some information/records access, (See my Lady-in-waiting blog), I went up to two top NBPS administrators immediately after the October 22 School Board meeting and raised the issue. They assured me the information I'd requested would be provided to me by the end of that week. I’m pleased to report they kept their word. In fact, I got a call the very next day and arranged to pick up the documents on October 24.
I’ve been reviewing the information the District provided. It’s quite interesting.
For example, There is a lighted, scrolling sign in front of Reagan Elementary displaying the school’s name.
My question--- What was the cost of the sign?
The District’s response--- See attached response from VJS Construction Services.
The VJS Construction Services’ response is dated October 18, 2007. It states:
Re: Ronald Reagan Elementary School
Monumental Sign Costs
Concrete foundation $1500
Masonry base $3040
Poblocki sign $36,960
$51,974!!!!!! What extravagance!
I suppose it’s a question of priorities.
You may want to contact the so-called “fiscal conservative” New Berlin School Board and ask its members some questions, such as:
- How do you justify that expense?
- How does spending money on that costly, glitzy sign for that elementary school improve student performance and achievement?
- Are there plans to install lighted, scrolling signs in front of the other schools in the District?