There had been a placeholder in tonight's Board agenda for what they are calling "Acceleration of BTA III for New Student Assignment Plan". Basically, it should be titled, "How the Hell Do We Get This Done?"
Here are their ideas:
Seattle Public Schools has several options for financing the work required. These include:
Internal financing such as borrowing from the Capital Eligible Projects fund (CEP) and
Short-term public financing such as Revenue Anticipation Notes.
Internal Financing offers the lowest total cost of borrowing. The District can borrow from CEP
reserves. The CEP fund balance as of January 31st, 2010 was $13.9M. Based on anticipated
property sales for this year, the CEP fund has the capacity to lend $8.5M to the BTA III program this year.
Revenue Anticipation Notes
Although the District has the ability to use Revenue Anticipation Notes to fund the $8.5M
needed to accelerate construction on the elementary schools, planned expenditures for work next year preclude being able to repay the notes within thirteen months.
Interest earnings on BTA III balances in later years could be used to fund interest payments to
We estimate a negative cash flow of $8.5M for BTA III in the current fiscal year (FY2009-
2010). This shortfall is due to the need to accelerate construction for the reopening of schools
identified under the New Student Assignment Plan.
What a mess. We are selling school bonds to try to lower the cost of the John Stanford Center. Now, we don't have the money to fix up the reopening schools in hand. So there is going to be a lot of movement of money from one pot to another, with paybacks along the way, etc. I'm a little confused as to why they don't just cancel the Ingraham addition in BEX III and use that. The money is sitting right there and the Ingraham project is months behind anyway. (The head of the BEX program said that if the court case involved nearby trees didn't get resolved soon, they would have to cancel it.)
And I see the district used their outside financial advisors, PFM, to figure all this out. I think I'll have to see how much we pay them.