Could somebody teach Rory Diamond about google? The answers to most his questions are easy to find.

I am going to try and answer all of the city council’s questions no matter how ridiculous, frivolous or already answered.  My answers will be in bold.


• Council Member Rory Diamond, District 13 


1. How much money do you expect the proposed 1⁄2 cent sales tax to generate over 15 years? Aside from the new proposed sales tax, how much money will the District receive from local property taxes for facilities and maintenance over the next 15 years? What is the total cost of the District’s Master Facilities Plan? Assuming the total collected from the 1⁄2 cent sales tax and local property taxes for facilities and maintenance over the next 15 years exceeds the cost of the District’s Master Facilities Plan, what specifically will be done with the excess funds? Um that’s four questions, or 4 more than I am told you asked about the Landing. The district has said it will raise 1.2 billion dollars, their current budget is online so maybe look at it and multiply by 15. They have this thing called google where I found this, https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/Facilities-Condition-Index-All-BM-Districts-4-Mar-2019.pdf?token=AWy2AUDKnqqTB007SBlcEx- and Florida is 46th in education funding there won’t be money left over.


2. Please provide a breakdown by City Council District as to how much the District will spend in each Council District in the next two years and then in each Council District after the execution of the entire Master Facilities Plan. See the link above as for how much they will spend in each district, they will spend nothing extra if the referendum is not put on the ballot, and Greene has announced it’s safety first for all schools and then based on immediate needs. 


3. Looking at District provided data, since the 2013-14 school year, student enrollment by District managed schools has declined each year by more than 1,000 students. When looking back over the past 10 years, enrollment has declined by over 800 students per year. Yet, the current Master Facilities plan is predicated on an average decline of 268 students per year over the next ten years, and Superintendent Greene stated at the Council Rules Committee on July 16th that there would be no decline in enrollment in District managed schools over the next ten years. First, is the above analysis incorrect and, if so, how is it incorrect? Second, if this analysis is generally correct, how does the District justify these enrollment projections? Third, does the District’s Master Facilities Plan take into account the proposed new IDEA schools? If not, how will the District adjust for these new seats? That’s 4 questions, Greene is looking at the growth of the city when making projections and I would guess the fact the city must be getting closed to be maxed out on charter schools. Furthermore in Manatee County the migration to charters reversed after the referendum was passed.


4. How many total students attended public charter schools in Duval County in 2018-19 and how many attended schools operated by the District (neighborhood schools, magnets, alternative schools, special education centers)? What is the enrollment projection for 2019-20? You know all this is online right? Go to the DCPS site and look it up. It’s hard to believe you are this lazy in your day job. https://dcps.duvalschools.org/domain/5268 

5. For the 2018-19 fiscal year, what was the total value of all state and local revenues received for capital projects for schools and facilities directly operated by the district (not including public charter schools)? Included in this total would be proceeds from local capital improvement property taxes, any PECO distributions from the state, and any other state/local tax revenues. What are the specific sources of each of these revenues? Do you expect those revenues from these sources to increase or decrease for the 2019-20 school year? And, by how much? Their budget is online, man come on. The per student allocation went up slightly.  


6. For the 2018-19 fiscal year, what was the total value of all state and local revenues received for capital projects, for Duval’s charter schools? Included in this total would be proceeds from local capital improvement property taxes, any PECO distributions from the state, and any other state/local tax revenues. What are the specific sources of each of these revenues? Do you expect those revenues from these sources to increase or decrease for the 2019-20 school year? And, by how much?  The state allocated 158 millions for charters in PECO funds, zero for public schools. It;s also irrelevant how much money they got to the tax referendum


7. It appears the Duval County School Board (along with others) lobbyied for the passage of HB 7055 that, as you know, allowed Florida school districts to save money on construction costs. After receiving the flexibility that it sought, why does the Duval Master Facility Plan prohibit the ability to leverage the potential cost savings that were sought through HB 7055? Of the $1.9 billion of anticipated spending in the District’s Master Facilities PLan, how much might be saved if the District prudently applied the flexibility offered in HB 7055, and avoided the most costly, inefficient and/or outdated aspects of State Requirements for Educational Facilities? House bill 7055 was a train bill that added a few good things to a bill loaded with bad things. It’s amazing that the city council wants to construct schools on the cheap, do you skimp in your day job? Regardless Greene has said multiple times they would use the new standards when appropriate.


8. In the District’s Master Facility Plan, two brand new schools (New 6-8 at Chaffee Trail, New K-8 at Southeast Duval County) are both estimated to cost precisely $38,677,260. What is the anticipated enrollment capacity at each school, and how were these cost estimates derived? Have you seen this? It would probably answer your legitimate questions, though just so you know it has been online for months. https://www.ourduvalschools.org/


9. In the Master Facility Plan and in planning documents posted on the OurDuvalSchools website, there are several schools to be constructed for a price of $28,198,000. Sheffield, Southside Estates, Pickett, Pearson, and Livingston all have this price tag (demolition costs may vary for each site, but the core construction costs looks to be $28,198,000 for each). What is the anticipated enrollment capacity at each school, and how were these cost estimates derived? Is this a real question? They base enrollment projections on students who live and attend schools in the area.  The cost is probably what an elementary school of that size is going for.


10. What was the method or formula used to estimate the costs to address facility condition issues at each school? Presumably, the condition of the school, the size of the school and some “cost per student” factor is included? Please explain.  Once again they have had this online for months, 
https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/Facilities-Condition-Index-All-BM-Districts-4-Mar-2019.pdf?token=AWy2AUDKnqqTB007SBlcEx-


Rory Diamond could have spent ten minutes and googled most of the answers to his questions. He is either lazy or incompetent and sadly he is not alone.

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