At Tuesday night's assembly work session Kodiak Island Borough Mayor Jerome Selby gave a
sneak preview of his plan for using what money may be forthcoming from the
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill punitive damages case.
Selby said a
number of years ago the borough created a plan for its share of the EVOS
money, but given how little the pay out will actually be, he'd like
to propose a new plan: put it all toward a new Kodiak High School.
-- (Schools 1 41 sec "At
the time we set up ... the Shuyak money.")
the borough should get about 800-thousand dollars from the settlement, and, if
the plaintiffs win interest, maybe double that. He says that amount of money
could be used to create detailed plans for a new high school to give residents
a better feel for what they would be buying the next time a bond measure for it
appears on the ballot.
measure to authorize 115-million dollars in bonds failed in October, by a vote
of 1,432 NO to 971 YES votes.
Superintendent Stuart McDonald said at last night's meeting that he learned a
lot about how to present such a bond to the public in the future:
-- (Schools 2 23 sec "There
were a lot ... lost in 115-million dollars.")
said he had a 32-step plan to build a new high school, and that the project
here is on Step 9, acquiring financing. Mayor Selby suggested going back a few
steps to the design, using the EVOS money to flesh that out.
school board member who could make it to the meeting was Petal Ruch (roosh),
who suggested the assembly and board get together to lay the groundwork for readdressing
the new high school project:
-- (Schools 3 17 sec "I
just think it ... would be really beneficial.")
suggested they start meeting sometime in January.