CHICAGO (CBS) — Less than a year after CPS closed dozens of schools and laid off thousands of employees, it’s getting ready to spend millions on an office move.
CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports questions are flying about how the supposedly broke system can afford it.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Wind Chill Advisory In Effect, Wind Chills Dropping Well Below Zero
It’s been a tumultuous year for CPS, filled with protests and anger about the shuttering of schools, teacher cuts and program cutbacks. Imagine the reaction to news that Chicago Public School officials are ready to spend $5 million on new headquarter offices and planning to ask the board to amend an existing $4.5 million contract with Staples, an office supply store.
“I don’t think they can justify it all,” said 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti
Fioretti says the amount raises questions about CPS’ priorities and exactly how much a headquarter move should cost in these cash-strapped times. CPS is planning on moving its offices from 125 South Clark to the soon-to-be vacant Sears building a few blocks away. A CPS spokesperson says the $5 million to purchase, deliver and install new office furniture was already budgeted, adding the move, “is part of CPS overall strategy to re-structure and streamline its central office”. The additional, $4.5 million in that Staples contract will be used for office supplies and furniture district-wide.