Expensive school board space a fiasco

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The front page of The Telegram on July 6 could hardly fail to catch the eye of every reader.
What further intelligent information justifies the action of the Eastern School Board and the government.
The "Liberal education critic Jim Bennett was shocked when he saw the government order authorizing the rental."
Is anyone doing something about it?

The general public is hampered by the new privacy regulations, instituted by the party that promised "transparency."

Is this extravagance an example of why this board, in particular, is being replaced,?

How come the board would locate its IT equipment in one of the most expensive and grandiose buildings in St. John's? And does it take that much equipment to maintain the records of every student and teacher?

If so, I would say time to put away the punch cards and get a more sophisticated computer.

Or was this for the prestige and the view?

Is the board not obliged by government regulation to call tenders? Yet Mr. Morrissey stated "the office space was not put out to public tender."

Why?

Why, also, was the tender for a period 12 times longer than this board is scheduled to exist?

At least one accessible building of adequate dimension exists in St. John's, with free parking, which would free up "nearly half an acre" of private property for a clientele that could well afford to lease the existing property, without unduly milking the public purse.

One wonders if keeping Whitbourne's school open, was timed to take some of the heat off regarding the St. John's fiasco.

 

 

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • Eli
    July 17, 2013 - 18:41

    A friend had occasion to visit the school board in Spaniards Bay and had this to say about their offices: "Plush". Talk about entitlement!