Back before Thanksgiving I mentioned during one of my South Metro News Roundup posts that the Burnsville school district was going to decide between hosting their performing arts magnet school in space already available in the Burnsville High School or leasing elsewhere. Last night was the vote and the District 191 school board members laid down their final plans for the school.
In a decision that is more mind boggling than the approval of Brad Meeks’ superintendent contract in District 192, the District 191 school board voted last night (4-3) to use other people’s money in an irresponsible and ridiculous way by planning to open the magnet school in empty retail space in Burnsville’s Heart of the City.
Obviously if commercial operations aren’t going to fill the empty retail space that plague all South Metro cities, then why shouldn’t the school district’s taxpayers assume the burden of paying *again* for the Heart of the City project? It’s not like Burnsville hasn’t tried and failed to attract businesses to the area, they have. Hell, the the Hilton hotel franchise said no way, the International Chefs’ Culinary Center closed up shop just a short while ago, and Anderson Builders also backed out. What better way to fill the empty retail space that makes the Heart of the City look like the joke it is but to convince the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school board members to take up residence right there next to the twenty million dollar Performing Arts Center?
Burnsville knows that the “Performing Arts” Center is a fucking joke with such great acts coming as Bill Engvall. What better way to attract people’s attention than to jack their taxes while showing how wonderful it is to have a $1.2 million dollar performing arts magnet which may not even succeed. I want one of the four idiots on the school board to explain to the taxpayers how they can justify a $1.2 million dollar upfront cost and ongoing, yearly, operating costs for $800,000 a year when keeping the kids in Burnsville High School, without the need for busing or driving between sites, would have been 100% free?
Are you a District 191 taxpayer? What do you think about this school board decision? Is it right for you to have to pay $1.2 million and then $800,000/year for a very small magnet school when it could have been done for free in-house? Comment on, I want to hear what you have to say about the atrocious behavior exhibited by four of the seven District 191 school board members.