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Report on Analysis of Five-Year Building Program of Board of Education, 1917

Excerpt from Report on Analysis of Five-Year Building Program of Board of Education, 1917: Proposed Two and Three Year School Building Programs Gentlemen: The Committee on Municipal Research, at your direction, has analyzed in detail the Five Year Building Program of the Board of Education presented in the monograph "A Million a Year." The Committee reports that, in its opinion, the amount requested, $5,600,000, may be reduced to $4,498,220, and that the smaller amount will still make adequate provision for the expansion of the school plant necessary to operate the schools during the next five years, according to the educational program adopted by the Board of Education, the correctness of which the Committee has accepted for the purpose of this analysis. Before completing its report the Committee submitted its preliminary findings to Dr. Spaulding and his criticisms and suggestions were carefully considered in preparing the final report. As the estimates of the Board of Education for the last part of the five year period are necessarily dependent on factors which cannot be definitely determined so far in advance, your Committee has, in addition to its analysis of the five year program, prepared estimates for a two and three year program. The estimates for two years amount to $2,472,975 and for three years $2,945,063. The purpose of preparing a three year program was to show how expenditures may be reduced after the present plant has been brought up to the standard of equipment proposed in "A Million a Year." Dr. Spaulding's recommendation for buildings and additions to be completed before September 1st, 1918, (not yet adopted by the Board of Education) were taken as the basis of the proposed two year program. To this were added the amounts (based on the five year program) needed for new sites, additions to play-grounds and improvements needed to reduce fire risk and to bring present school buildings up to a proper standard of equipment. The estimates for the three year program are only slightly larger than for two years because they include, in addition to the two year program, merely the amounts necessary to provide for the normal increase in school population for the third year. The Committee on Municipal Research respectfully recommends that the Association express its approval of the five year building program of the Board of Education involving an expenditure estimated at $4,498,220. The Committee further suggests that the Association recommend the authorization of bonds amounting to $2,472,975 to provide funds for carrying out the plans for the first two years of the five year program. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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