The Los Angeles County School district has a $640 million budget shortfall, and over the past two years, 3,000 teachers have been laid off. The district has even proposed shortening the school year by six days to save money. So what are they doing to save money? How about spending 578 million dollars on a new school building:
The Robert F. Kennedy Community School will house 4,200 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The complex is built on the site of the Ambassador Hotel, where Kennedy was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan on June 5, 1968.
The new campus between Wilshire Boulevard and 8th Street in Los Angeles preserve pieces of the historic hotel, but it’s the stunning new architecture that’s drawing eyes and plenty of wagging fingers.
The soaring, unusually shaped buildings are clad in glass and metal, and the interiors are just as slick. The facility boasts a state-of-the-art swimming pool, fine art murals, an ornate auditorium suitable for hosting the Oscars, and a faculty dining room that the superintendent says is “better than most restaurants.”
More Expensive Than China’s Olympic Stadium:
All those amenities add up to an enormous price tag, which works out to about $250,000 per pupil. That $578 million cost is more expensive than the Bird’s Nest stadium built for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, which cost $500 million. It’s also significantly more expensive than the $400 million home of the Denver Broncos, Invesco Field at Mile High.
Critics say the school is a luxury that the Los Angeles Unified School District cannot afford. Source: http://abcnews.go.com