One of the recent arguments for why Howe School is to be closed is the representation that the building is historic and that renovations/additions would cost three times the price of new construction.
In fact, Howe School, is not an historic designated building at either the local, state or federal level. And as a point of information the national cost average for adaptive reuse of older properties is one and one half times the cost of new construction, not the stated three times.
So whether renovations occur at Howe or any at Central Park, the budget for modifications on a square footage basis would be comparable. But the existing locations, and the prevailing community perception of safety, are in no way comparable.
Such distracting and inaccurate representations suggest an executive decision not an open, deliberative, process.
Renovations of operating schools require scheduling potentially disruptive heavy construction during summer recess. Compartmentalized internal renovations, on a phased basis, permit the unaffected portions of the school to continue its normal teaching schedule. New additions typically occur outside the building envelope and can therefore occur during the normal academic calendar.