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Château Folt: Parkhurst Redecorated

In addition to adding administrative personnel to the Provost’s Office — just what we need! — Provost Carol Folt recently decided that the provostal offices should be moved down to the ground floor of Parkhurst. Maybe a change of scenery and a complete redecoration will bring imagination and efficiency where none is to be found today.

Of course, the administration will make exculpatory noises that some of the spending occurred to render the new offices’ doors ADA-compliant, but that investment could have been put off (the building was grandfathered in under the ADA). Why lay out money now when no need has been perceived over the past 20 years? In fact, Folt could certainly have waited to do the entire redecoration.

Total cost, you ask, of this “minor alteration to Parkhurst Hall”? The below Town of Hanover building permit, freshly issued on October 15, 2010, lists the estimated cost at a round $200,000.00, but that is just a base figure. There are many other expenses that are often not added to enumerated permit costs: architect and design fees, desks, curtains, new computers, tech support, other movable equipment, and so on. We can safely assume that the total cost of the Provost’s new digs is north of a quarter million dollars. Budget crisis? What crisis?

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