|Photo Credit: Monica Almeida, The New York Times|
But why the preposterous cost? The complex is designed as a monument to preserve the site where Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. It includes huge murals dedicated to his life, a reconstruction of the famous Cocoanut Grove nightclub for the auditorium, and a faculty lounge that replicates the Ambassador Hotel's coffee shop. Necessary? Probably not. Especially in light of the fact that the school district as a whole is known not to offer quality education to its students - why not put more money into hiring teachers and reducing classroom size?
The New York Times article has the best coverage I've found so far, and in it Adam Nagourney includes the voice of a parent:
Benjamin Austin, a member of the California Board of Education and head of Parent Revolution, an organization of school parents, said, “The best way to memorialize Robert Kennedy is to build a great school, not a great building.”
Here are links to the articles from the New York Times, the LA Times, and NBCLA.