My question for the District 200 working group is, “What would it cost to raze the high school entirely and build from scratch?” This might sound absurd, but if I understand the 5-step proposal correctly, you’re talking about spending a quarter-billion dollars or more and ending up with a kludge — a mish-mash of 100-year-old, 50-year-old and new facilities, many of which surely have exhausted their useful life even with rehabbing.

And don’t answer my question by saying it’s logistically impossible — logistics are just a question of money and inconvenience. I wouldn’t be shocked if the better and more cost-effective, long-term solution isn’t a complete demolition and an energy-efficient, footprint-efficient, modern, educationally-appropriate, brand-new structure. 

The impossibility in my view might be selling a very long-term solution to taxpayers who aren’t inclined to think beyond 5 or 10 years.

Bob Stigger

Oak Park

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