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Wichita school district financial stewardship, an example

Mueller Elementary SchoolIn the Wichita Eagle article Wichita developer to ask school board to cancel contract to buy Mueller we see this example of how USD 259, the Wichita public school district, spends money:

“In 2003, the district spent nearly $1.2 million to upgrade the infrastructure at Mueller and renovate its library, district officials have said.”

The district sold this building at auction earlier this year for $56,000.

So the timeline is this: Wichita school district spends $1.2 million updating a school, closes it nine years later, and sells it for $56,000 one year later.

I’m having trouble thinking of any way this can be explained. Except: It’s government spending someone else’s money.