School Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and Allen Y. Lew, head of the school modernization efforts, teamed up late yesterday in a letter-writing campaign to the District Council. They want to make absolutely sure that the council is absolutely clear that if it doesn't pass the $83 million in building repair contracts today it would cause serious problems.
"If these contracts are not finalized...a successful and timely school opening will be put at substantial risk," Rhee wrote.
Post staff writer Bill Turque reports that Lew's letter was hand-delivered to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) and said that as many as 4,500 students could be affected if the repairs were not completed.
At a hearing last week, Gray vigorously questioned some of the decisions regarding renovations and some of the proposed budget changes, which could divert funds from other badly needed school repairs.