Car Wash or Kids?


After being told I was misinformed about there being a car wash behind Storm Grove Middle School, I knew that I had to provide more details. The following photograph was sent to me confirming it. I later went there and saw it for myself. View for yourself the TWO BAY (because evidently it would be unreasonable to wash one car at a time) state-of-the-art car washing facility.

The Support Service Complex was built at a cost of $13 million dollars and work began in 2010 and it was finished in February 2012. 

From the article: "School Board member Karen Disney-Brombach said the building was needed for a long time, and is a school district asset."


The $13,000,000 Support Services Complex includes a test kitchen and print shop. 

Is a deluxe car wash or "test kitchen" more important than our kids? I don't think so. 

They say that it will save the district $66,000 per year. At that rate (not accounting for the time value of money and opportunity cost) it will only take 197 YEARS to break even. 

If you think this sort of spending, when we have kids with no textbooks to take home being taught by stressed out teachers in portables, is wrong-headed, then VOTE FOR FROST. On August 26th make your voice heard. 

 Sources: TCPALM.Com



Indian River school board members tour new Support Services Complex

Janet Begley

8:17 PM, Feb 21, 2012 , Retrieved July 22, 2014

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Article Text:

Indian River school board members tour new Support Services Complex

VERO BEACH — The new Support Services Complex for the Indian River County School District has many desirable business features: conference rooms, offices, a kitchen, a warehouse and even a centralized print shop.

The 95,000-square-foot building was completed in January on the 13-acre site next to the Storm Grove Middle School in Vero Beach.

Purchasing Director Rick Chuma and Facilities Director Susan Olson took three school board members on a tour of the new building Tuesday. Board chairman Jeffrey Pegler and school board member Matthew McCain did not attend the tour because of other commitments.

The complex provides enough space to centralize the district's food service, facilities, buildings, purchasing and maintenance departments in one location.

"We are really proud of this space," Chuma said. "It allows us to consolidate all of our support services functions under one roof."

About 70 percent of the facility is utilized by the maintenance department and as a purchasing department warehouse. The food service department also has a test kitchen and the print shop produces most of the school district's publications from the new location.

School Board member Karen Disney-Brombach said the building was needed for a long time, and is a school district asset.

"Having these departments together is definitely a best practice," Disney-Brombach said. "It was tough to spend money on a support services building but if we are delivering a better product to students, it is money well-spent."

School Board vice chairman Carol Johnson said the centralized location for the five departments will result in greater employee efficiency and communications.

It turned out better than I could have imagined," Johnson said. "It's so impressive to see the atmosphere in the building and to see all the different areas of the school district coming together. It's heartwarming."

Olson said the facilities department, which was located in portables behind Vero Beach Elementary School, was the last office to relocate to the new building.

After the tour, school board member Claudia Jiménez said she has overcome her initial reservations about the cost of the project.

"When you have the situation we face financially, you have to consider everything," Jiménez said. "But I've learned to look at the big picture and if you don't care for your infrastructure, it will affect the classroom."


What: 95,000 square feet

Where: 13 acres adjacent to Storm Grove Middle School off 66th Avenue in Vero Beach.

Cost: $13 million

Estimated energy savings to the school district: $66,000 annually