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Ordinary Services @ Extraordinary Costs

For many years, we’ve said that services provided by Arlington County and the Arlington Public Schools comes at too steep a price. An analysis of the facility costs of five Virginia high schools put under contract during school year 2005-2006 provides the latest proof.

Arlington’s Washington-Lee High School was one of the five high schools put under contract during school year 2005-2006. Maximum occupancy for the five ranged from 1,310 students at Warhill to 1,644 at Culpeper; W-L's is listed as 1,600. Here are the pertinent, comparable numbers for the five schools:

High School

 

 

School Division

 

Square Feet per Student

 

Building Cost per Square Foot

 

Total Cost per Student

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warhill

 

WJCC

 

184

 

$183.47

 

$38,875

 

Culpepper

 

Culpeper

 

158

 

$159.71

 

$28,673

 

Dinwiddie

 

Dinwiddie

 

141

 

$164.24

 

$25,340

 

King George

 

King George

 

145

 

$145.07

 

$23,462

 

W-L

 

Arlington

 

227

 

$213.86

 

$53,025

 

The above data comes from the facilities cost data for 2005-2006 from the Virginia Department of Education. Interestingly, the data for Washington-Lee was not available until about two weeks ago when we started asking why it was missing from the report even though school year 2006-2007 data had been posted. The data for W-L is there now, however.

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