(MIAMI HERALD) — GUANTANAMO NAVY BASE, Cuba. -- The base with the most expensive prison on earth is getting one of the world's priciest schools -- a $65 million building with classroom space for, at most, 275 kindergarten through high school students.
Do the math: That's nearly a quarter-million-dollars per school child. In Miami-Dade County a new school costs perhaps $30,000 per student.
Congress recently allocated the funds for the new W.T. Sampson School to put the children of American sailors stationed here under one roof. It will meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, have a proper public address system, computer and science labs, art and music rooms, a playground, cafeteria and gym -- just like any new school anywhere in America.
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But the investment also illustrates the Pentagon's intent to keep this base open even if President Barack Obama manages to move out the last 132 war-on-terror captives, and close the prison run by 2,000 or more temporary troops and contractors.