Revenue for more important educational projects fall behind the unneeded facility
Wills tried to justify to the District Governing Board at its October 2017 meeting the expenditure of hundreds of thousands of dollars on the outdoor amphitheater that is going up on the Prescott Campus. Although the numbers of students on the Prescott Campus have steadily declined over the past seven years using actual the FTSE measurement provided by the College (SEE GRAPH BELOW) in its annual financial reports, Wills said that as “more and more students are staying and being engaged in the College, they want to sit on the hillside.” The hillside is now used by Family Enrichment children who “roll down the hillside,” she also said.
She went on to say that the College will be able to have “outdoor movies, concerts, etcetera right there. It’s another space where students can get engaged.”
The graph below shows the enormous decline in students on the Prescott Campus. The photo below, which was provided to the Governing Board in its agenda, shows the size and scope of the amphitheater project that taxpayers and County high schools via the dual enrollment fees charged by the College are paying for.
As noted in an earlier Blog posting, it seems hard to justify such an expenditure when there are so many other educational needs in the District that are crying for that revenue.
The one-minute explanation by Wills for the project can be viewed on the Video below.