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Sun-Gazette Says "Cost of New (Washington-Lee H.S.) Explodes"

Last Wednesday (4/27), we broke the news that the cost of a new Washington-Lee High School had increased from $82.8 million to $95.2 million, and the bids haven't even arrived, yet. The Arlington Sun-Gazette was the only paper to cover this story in this week's edition, which is dated May 5. According to the Sun-Gazette story, the School Board was told the increase is "due largely to the rising cost of construction materials. School Board members discussed various options at the April 27 budget worksession, including obtaining voter approval of a third bond issue, but the paper's story quoted Dave Foster, the School Board's vice-chairman, saying, "We cannot do another bond for this project . . . The voters have been generous." We hope at least two other Board members have that same view.

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