BUSD’s Willard Middle School
BUSD’s Willard Middle School

In an op-ed published on Berkeleyside yesterday, Mark Lemkin, a long-time Berkeley resident with two children at local schools, says it’s time Berkeley Unified School District had a Facilities Master Plan.

“For the past 14 years, BUSD has authorized $327 million in capital improvements,” he writes. “That represents approximately $15,000 in taxes per household, or about $35,000 per student, a generous investment by Berkeley residents. Most people are surprised to learn, however, that BUSD has allocated these resources without a Facilities Master Plan. 

Read why Lemkin believes such a plan is essential in the op-ed published in our Opinionator section —  and join the conversation by leaving your comments there.

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