Email your letter to File photo

Email your letter to File photo

Surprised at Federal Way school district’s handling of school rebuild

It seems they immediately came up with a “magic” solution.

I cannot believe my eyes at times when I read the local paper. In the April 12 edition, I had to grab my “read between the lines” glasses because my normal ones were making me dizzy attempting to make sense of the article regarding Federal Way Public Schools.

It seems FWPS hired a contractor(s) to rebuild, remodel, improve, build new Totem and Star Lake school facilities. But the contractor informed the district that the original occupation date for the fall of 2021 has been revised to Totem opening in the winter of 2021 and Star Lake in the fall of 2022. Supposedly, this enables best practices with our tax dollars. The developer called the new build and remodel completion deadline aggressive in nature and could result in $1.5 million in overtime costs.

Obviously, FWPS leadership gathered themselves in one of the lunchrooms or maybe one of the bathrooms and talked about this. It seems they immediately came up with a “magic” solution: “Let’s buy the old rundown DeVry building and house our students there. We can repurpose a big chunk of that tax money we were gifted ($13 million) and make it work.” What a grand idea they must have though. Oh, by the way, the renovations will cost $18 million. So the FWPS is going to spend $31 million to maybe save overtime costs of $1.5 million? What great use of our money, dont you think?

That’s not all folks, when we are done with the former DeVry building they’re going to turn into another school building for a program we don’t already have in place obviously, a regional early learning center “intended” to reduce K-3 class sizes across the school district. Where’s the money coming from for those new educators and ancillary staffing needs?

It gets better. FWPS has absolutely no idea what the additional costs are going to be for busing children from all over the district to this newly minted educational experience for only God knows the number of impacted families that may have to drive their children to this facility.

I have a suggestion. Let’s gather those hardworking negotiators together and get them into a class at one of the high schools and let’s teach them how to negotiate. There should be a penalty clause in those contracts for “not completing the projects on time.”

I am surprised there isn’t. Are you?

Norma Blanchard

Federal Way

More in Letters to the Editor

Take control of Big Pharma

It’s time to put people before dollars.

Urge Federal Way to continue marijuana ban

Fortunately for all, the people have once again made the right decision.

Warren’s veterans’ services proposal something I can support

It is the most comprehensive plan for supporting veterans and military families that I have heard in a very long time.

Federal Way should maintain baseball fields

Making it better for our youth to participate in this great sport is very valuable and doesn’t require a large commitment on the community’s part.

LGBTQ+ population must become visible in Federal Way

Federal Way still remains a desert for LGBTQ+ support services.

Jamila Taylor would bring extremely valuable qualities to council

As a lead attorney, Taylor is uniquely qualified to see all sides when it comes to the city’s police and courts.

Linda Kochmar’s work is not yet done

Linda has enriched the city of Federal Way with accomplishments and dedication to community that nobody could equal.

Grandchildren would grow up in community that puts stamp of acceptance on marijuana use

Is there any amount of tax revenue that makes up for that? Vote no on Prop 1.

Don’t be led down a rabbit-hole of misinformation

Having a cannabis dispensary here in my city would make it so much easier for me to access my medication.

Cannabis helps those with chronic diseases

Cannabis is regulated by the Liquor and Cannabis Board, and is helping many people with chronic diseases.

Take back America and vote

We are losing our republic through our own fault.

FWEA supports Phillips, Jones, Stable Homes Initiative

The educators proudly serving our community endorse Luckisha Phillips, Jennifer Jones for FWPS school board.