Duluth School Board Member Asks MN Dept. of Edu. to Deny Documents Increasing Cost of Red Plan

By KBJR News 1

Duluth School Board Member Asks MN Dept. of Edu. to Deny Documents Increasing Cost of Red Plan

March 21, 2012 Updated Mar 21, 2012 at 8:25 PM CST

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Duluth School Board member Art Johnston is going against the majority of the board by asking the Minnesota Department of Education to deny a "review and comment update", which increases the cost of the Red Plan by almost $19 million.

Johnston, along with former school board member Gary Glass, wrote a letter to an MDE commissioner, pointing out several areas where they believe the "Review and Comment" is flawed.

The letter says the budgets for the two final schools, Congdon and Myers-Wilkins, have increased significantly and the costs aren't justifiably explained.

Meanwhile, district administration has said the added costs help bring the two schools up to the standards of the others.

The superintendent also noted structural challenges and asbestos abatements as reasons for the increase.

Board Chair Ann Wasson said Johnston and Glass chose to "focus on petty divisiveness, instead of the education of Duluth's young people".

MDE has had the Review and Comment for two weeks and is in the process of deciding whether to approve it.

Posted to Web by Jena Pike
jpike@northlandsnewscenter.com

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.