In answer to a question about the cost of the project, Pinkston said, "architectural services to help manage the overall project -- including renovation of the existing 78-year-old building and design of an expansion that's needed on the rear of the facility. That architectural contract is $419,000, or about 5% of the project's total cost."
The total cost of the project is $8.2 Million! I am pleased to see the return of a neighborhood school. I am pleased to see an old building restored instead of torn down. However $8.2 million is a lot of money. The building has not set empty. It is in use as an office building now. The building is not dilapidated. I have not toured the building, but does anyone doubt that if the building was turned over to a charter school that they would not spend $8.2 million dollars to get the building again functioning as a school? $419,000 for an architectural contract does not drive a single nail. I bet a charter school could get this building up and running for the $419.000 MNPS is spending on an architectural contract.