A two-million-dollar thanks to reporter Christopher Placek for his eye-opening (or should I say wallet-opening) Jan. 20 news item announcing College of DuPage's ending of a 10-year lease of Indian Prairie Unit District 204 space.
Being a taxpayer and close-by neighbor to "University of DuPage," I am often flabbergasted at the amount of money the college goes through for development and lawsuits. However, Placek's report once again had my mouth hanging open in astonishment.
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If my math is correct, COD has spent about $2,6 million since 2006 to help construct and furnish, and then lease a "facility" from Indian Prairie to teach Naperville-area high school seniors advance-level courses. That cost includes the published $743,460 worth of construction and furnishings, $368,328 annual lease, and now the $50,000 early lease termination fee to get out of a bad decision.
COD trustees had a long-past-due lucid moment in voting to end this madness. Had they a sneak peek at Jan. 20 Daily Herald's "Local Focus" page layout? Placek's article was next to another featuring Wheaton Mayor Michael Gresk describing economic growth -- "It's not rocket science." I couldn't help but wonder if the mayor was addressing those holding COD's purse strings.
I also can't imagine why it took COD officials five years and more than $2.5 million to figure out it would be cheaper for we taxpayers to foot the bill for simply renting out pre-existing Indian Prairie classrooms to attain the same result.
Those Naperville students got a million-dollar college education courtesy of DuPage County residents. I hope they use it wisely.
Lisa Ann Wallace