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Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:18 am, Tue May 3, 2011.

Jennifer Bonnett, News-Sentinel staff writer, deserves our admiration and appreciation for trying to answer “The $4.4 million question.” That headline at the top of Page 1 on April 26 was sub-headed “In the face of budget cuts, why did Lodi Unified (School District) approve renovation project at Lodi High School?”

For that project, she reported, “The board (of trustees) approved solicitation of proposals at a meeting earlier this month.” Well, in less than a month, proposals presumably have been presented and accepted. Wow, that’s fast action!

Near the end of the article, a bold-faced question asks: So where’s the money coming from? The answer, quoted directly, was “The $4.4 million Lodi High School renovation, as well as other projects, are all being funded with dedicated facility improvement funding sources, made available through a variety of restricted spending accounts and government-matching programs. Some bond proceeds are also being used districtwide.”

So, the question remains: Where’s the money coming from?

We must presume that the answer came from Art Hand, assistant superintendent of facilities and planning, who is the only information source quoted in the report. He must be well-qualified for his position, since he is fluent in “educationalese,” a language mastered only by school administrators.

Jennifer, thank you for trying, but be warned — you are not allowed to learn that language.

Jim Turner

Lodi

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