A couple of weeks ago, Farmington’s school district fired DLR Architecture group over disagreements on who should pay for overages on their 100 Dollar Million Shrine to Tiger Sports (TM). DLR originally sued the district for nearly 3/4 of a million for failure to pay and now it’s time for the Farmington School District to get even.
According to this article in the Star Tribune, this article from Thisweek, and this one via the Farmington Independent, Farmington’s school district has countered with a lawsuit of their own. This wasn’t surprising at all being that District 192 needs to save face over a lot, especially their superintendent controversy which has received plenty of coverage on this site here and here.
What is surprising, however, is that the district just can’t seem to get one hand talking to the other especially when they’re spouting off to the media about their issues with DLR. The Star Tribune article says that the district felt DLR, “failed to produce reliable timetables that workmen could follow, and the project was ‘consistently over budget’ under the firm’s supervision.” But just a few paragraphs later Rosalyn Pautzke, the district’s administrative services director, is quoted as saying that, “construction of the high school is on schedule and on budget.”
I’d really like someone to explain how, in a little over a month, the Farmington High School went from the dire straights they were in, requiring legal wrangling, the hiring of a new architectural firm, and millions more in taxpayer dollars to pay for a lawsuit to being back on time and on budget as of today.
Sounds like those residents who live under the District 192 umbrella better pull out the same pair of waders you did when you heard the Meeks controversy and get ready for more horseshit slung from the Farmington school district.
Are you paying taxes to District 192? What do you think about this latest lawsuit over The Tiger Sports Shrine? Is it worth it to sue, hire a new architect, and possibly pay for both or would it have just been better to pay the overages, which are both common and expected especially in buildings that cost 100 million dollars, or is the Farmington School District handling this the right way? Comment on, I’d love to hear what you have to say!