Poll: How Much Should 113 Spend?
Patch survey asks readers to compare potential renovation plans for Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools.
Ideas for renovations at Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools crafted by an architectural firm hired by Township High School District 113 were presented at public meetings Tuesday and Wednesday.
Though costs were attached to these proposals, the architects stressed the District 113 Board of Education could choose all or part of any of the plans that range in cost from $92.9 million to $171.9 million according to a letter to the editor from Sam Shapiro of Highland Park who was in attendance Tuesday.
In his letter, Shapiro compared the three sets of ideas to a plan he introduced at a meeting in the spring sponsored by Education First, a group which advocated against the $133 million referendum that was defeated in April, 2011. That idea would cost $68.1 million.
Not everyone was receptive to Shapiro’s comparison. Walter Hainsfurther, a member of the steering committee which helped the District take a closer look at different ideas and an architect, felt the comparison was misleading.
“To compare it to the Ed First ‘plan’ is a bit misleading,” Hainsfurther wrote. “It is now two years later and (surprise) costs have gone up. You are not in an ‘apples to apples’ comparison.”
Another reader, Walter White, would rather wait until January before forming an opinion. “Can't really make a decision on this until we know what the Board will be asking from the taxpayers in terms of referendum,” White wrote.” We obviously want to do everything but we have to balance that with cost.
Patch wants to know what its readers think and is seeking your opinion through its latest non scientific poll. The poll will remain open until noon Thursday and the results will be published Friday.