Is new Alberni District Secondary School within budget?

Yellowridge doesn’t have enough money to pay for all the work done by subcontractors at the new high school but officials claim on budget?

To the Editor,

The fact that at least two contractors working for Yellowridge Construction have not been paid for work performed suggests that that company won the contract for building the new high school on the basis of a fixed price.

It seems that Yellowridge doesn’t have enough money to pay for all the work done by subcontractors.

Meanwhile, School District 70 administrators continue to perpetuate the apparent fiction that the project is “on time and on budget,” ignoring the question of subcontractor payments, the cost of the new Klitsa ball fields, and the cost of demolishing the present Alberni District Secondary School, estimated at millions of dollars.

Meanwhile, they persist in trumpeting the energy efficiencies and design features of the new school while totally ignoring the environmental havoc and pollution caused by building it.

The simplest, cheapest, and most environmentally friendly approach was to make any necessary upgrades to the existing ADSS, a wood frame building which could have been used, just like our old hospital, for decades to come.

Richard Berg,

Port Albern