Belmont: The Costliest High School in California

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Belmont Learning Complex has been called America-s most expensive high school. The never-finished site was designed as a mini-city with stores, restaurants and classrooms for 4600 kids. But explosive gas and toxic chemicals seeping from abandoned oil wells halted it construction. There were lawsuits, recriminations and protests from a neighborhood where existing schools are cruelly overcrowded. Now, Superintendent Roy Romer says he can make the downtown LA site safe, and the elected school board is about to vote on two contracts. We speak with David Abel, former member of the Proposition BB Oversight Committee, and School Board member Genethia Hayes about the saga of the off-again, on-again project.
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Warren Olney


Frances Anderton