Take more time to present capital plan
The Niskayuna school district’s plan to conduct a public referendum in wintry February upon its proposed long-term capital project, marked by great ambiguity, is undeserving of wide public support.
Consider the following: The proposed capital project, expected to cost somewhere in the $50 million-$80 million range, is keyed to reconfiguring elementary and middle school buildings, by grade levels, and high school athletic fields along with relocation of central district offices.
The rationale and financial, and other costs and benefits associated with these undertakings need further detailing along with the specific purposes they are intended to serve.
The proposed February referendum is seen by the district as the first of three to be conducted over the next decade. Yet to be clarified is scheduling of the three referenda and their compelling purposes.
Finally, the district superintendent anticipates that the proposed capital project will have a completion date of “2030-ish,” by which time the district will need to “start again” because, as the superintendent sees it, the capital project is “a significant undertaking that can never really end.”
As I see it, a kind of meta-undertaking without detailing as to timetable, purpose and expense: a pig in a poke.
Why not conduct the initial referendum in May or June, a more congenial time for getting out the vote and for Niskayuna school authorities to lay the ground for several public forums, before the referendum, where those authorities can exchange with town residents over the proposed capital project.?
Russia gives a look into future of U.S.
In the early 1970s, on The Dick Cavett Show, Dick asked Akim Tamiroff, Armenian-American actor born in 1899 in the Baku-Russian Empire, what it was like in Russia before and after the revolution.
The czar and royals sat in balcony seats at the Ballets Russes, most destined for early graves.
The Boyars (affluent) had good front row seats. Some of the Boyars might survive. The lower middle class and ‘peasants’ soon to become proletariat had poorer seating. The proletariat would become cannon fodder for the revolution.
Stalin and Communist Party leaders had the balcony seats. The proletariat (everyone else) got to sit with one another.
After the 2020 election, the same ‘type’ of people will have balcony seats. Depending which way the election goes, the proletariat will be one big happy family.
“We are equal, some of us are more equal than others,” a Russian Revolution saying. There will always be the proletariat (poor of scripture) to fill the streets for visual effect. Like the police, the proletariat arrive after the crime has been committed.
“Christians go to heaven, whereas socialist go to communism” from “The Devil and Karl Marx.” Read this book, take a glimpse into America’s future.
Shower after reading.
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