BIGGER BUILDINGS, BIGGER CLASS SIZES … FEWER TEACHERS, LESS INDIVIDUALIZED ATTENTION
The taxpayer-funded education establishment in Horry County, S.C. is building a bunch of new schools – spending top dollar on it new facilities with an out-of-state firm that prides itself on “green technology.” In fact they recently took the (very) high bid of $240 million to construct five new “energy efficient” schools – ignoring the advice of a consultant they paid $40,000 to guide them as to their facilities expansion needs.
Sheesh … no wonder this project is already $70 million above the district’s original cost estimate.
Anyway, the winning bidder is an out-of-state firm that’s promising the district all sorts of energy savings – although we have yet to see any guarantee of those efficiencies. According to our sources, the winning bidder – First Floor Energy Positive of Raleigh, N.C. – is known for making big boasts on this front, although the jury is still out regarding their results.
Of interest? At the same time district leaders are looking to dramatically ramp up spending on facilities they’re trying to raise class sizes – which would enable them to eliminate more than forty teaching positions.
That’s right … the district is looking to save $3 million a year by cutting 41 teaching positions.
Maybe more …
Of course fewer teachers and bigger class sizes means even less individualized attention than these students are already receiving … which isn’t much. But hey … at least the district will have a bunch of shiny new buildings.