WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) – Jory Holmes began appearing on the age of six. His mom stated he has had roles in theater productions like Snow White, Witches, Shrek the Musical, Pippi Lengthy Stocking, even a starring position within the Enemy of the Individuals.
So, for his mother and father, Monica and Jeffrey, it was a no brainer to pay $1,200 a month to ship their son to the famed Duke Ellington Faculty of the Arts.
Jory Holmes attends Duke Ellington Faculty of the Arts. He is carried out in various performs. Photograph: WUSA9
The household lives in Prince George’s County, Md., and should pay tuition to ship Jory to the D.C. specialty faculty.
“We acquired a chance to see the video montage of the brand new constructing, and we’re excited!” stated Jeffrey Holmes.
And, it’s spectacular. WUSA9 acquired an opportunity to take a look at the brand new and improved faculty in a preview tour weeks earlier than the start of the autumn semester.
However, that is when issues obtained messy.
“This undertaking is one hundred million dollars over price range,” stated Ward four D.C. Council member Jack Evans.
Ward three D.C. Council member, Mary Cheh stated, “Right here we’re being requested to extend it, but once more.”
The D.C. Council was slapped with a final minute invoice for $four.5 million, extra cash they by no means knew about or deliberate on paying.
“The time to attract the road within the sand is true right here,” stated At-Giant D.C. Council member Elissa Silverman.
Nobody was comfortable, however they have been in a bind. If the council did not approve the extra invoice, faculty would not open on time. So, in the long run, all the council members, besides Elissa Silverman, voted to pay the $four.5 million for particular flooring, acoustic wall remedies and lighting upgrades.
That is a whole lot of your tax dollars paying for the varsity’s over prices. However the metropolis council has confronted an analogous state of affairs up to now.
“It’s been the case with all of these schools in our modernization program,” said Kathy Patterson, D.C. Auditor and former council member.
Why? Well, let’s go back three years ago. The city broke ground to renovate the centuries-old school building that the arts academy moved into back in 1974.
The building was falling apart and didn’t have any of the modern…