According to the powers that be in Corda’s administration this is the year that the impending dangers about the intercom system at Norwalk High, must, simply must, be addressed. No matter that there’s some doubts expressed about what is wrong with the system, but $200k is being requested to fix the problem.
Buried in Amando Pinto’s article is the other shoe, that is the one that Opdahl promised to drop at the only BOE finance committee meeting held this year. Opdahl managed to skate past the paper tigers of the BOE with his request to raid the Jefferson School rennovation funds to add some things that were apparently “missed” in the grand plans of rennovaitng Norwalk High.
From The Hour:
At Tuesday’s meeting, board members briefly discussed other facets of the renovation â€”and voted to transfer $240,000 from the capital budget for drop ceilings and pipe covers and $120,000 for culinary equipment.The board also discussed the potential addition of a bathroom in a wing that currently would not have one.
The fund transfers, and potential planning change, will not be completed as quickly as the communications system will, Opdahl said.
Installation of a new integrated system â€” which will include phones, speakers and walkie-talkies â€” could be in place before the next school year, Opdahl said.
The process will be expedited as technicians can tie into wiring already in place for the building’s computer system, a method employed at Brien McMahon High School, he said.
Norwalk’s IT committee, facilities commission, and city counsel still have to sign off on the proposal before it can be sent out for bids, Opdahl said Wednesday afternoon.
Ah yes, we are familiar with this “expedited process.” Here’s my rendition. Opdahl screws up the project because there’s no project management plan in place, no accounting of construction costs versus scope of work, no oversight of contractor over runs, no questions ever asked by the BOE and no questions ever asked by Corda. Suddenly, without warning, Opdahl realizes, after something is built, that a major component is somehow missing. Rather than getting fired for incompetence, he merely requests more money, afterall the Norwalk taxppayers are a blank check, and fixes his mistakes. Why? Why isn’t there a serious inquiry into the last minute, gotta have the money now operation that Opdahl continues to inflict on the BOE and Common Council? Why are ceilings, and pipe covers, and trailers such last minute items when enrollment has continued to decline?
OK enrollment, is only tangentially connected to the current fiasco. But the serious question is that why isn’t the long term plan of school construction meshing with the reality that there will be less students? Thus redistricting, building maintenance and maximizing the use of what we have should be more of a priority? Will no one stand up for students of Jefferson, whose school renovation funds keep getting raided by Opdahl to pay for mistakes that would get any operations manager fired anywhere else?
source: The Hour, Locals alarmed on tardy school intercom remedy, By AMANDA PINTO, June 7, 2007