RUSD has been justifiably criticized for the excessive use and cost of consultants. The most recent example is the Paulin facilities study, the results of which were presented to the school board tonight. The study has cost over $1.2 million. Despite the high cost of the study, there were some rather evident flaws. For example, the study did not provide any options. With a price tag of $375 million for the full implementation of the recommendations, it would seem likely that the school board will at least need to consider alternatives to the recommendations offered by Dr. Paulin. No alternative suggestions were provided.
This news did not appear to sit well with school board member Randy Bangs, who pressed the issue with Dr. Paulin. He asked whether it might be more cost effective in the long run to build a new building rather than to renovate an old building. Dr. Paulin's response: "it could be". One would think that a $1.2 million facilities study might just address that critical question.
Another flaw in the study was discussed by board member Armin Clobes. Mr Clobes criticized the lack of important and easily accessible demographic data. Despite obvious population shifts from the city to suburban areas, which would presumably be a factor in long range facilities planning, the study did not factor in these changes, citing an inability to access the information.