ext month, students in the Los Angeles Unified School District will sit down for classes at the most expensive public school in the nation. The newly-built Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools — located on the site of the Ambassador Hotel, where Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 — is just the latest $100 million-plus "Taj Mahal" school to open across the country. Just how lavish is the RFK school? (Watch a local report about the school.) Here, a look at the numbers:
Cost of the RFK school — $78 million more than the Bird's Nest stadium built for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
Original construction estimate
Cost of preserving historic features on the site, which includes parts of both the 1921 Ambassador Hotel and the famed Cocoanut Grove nightclub
Legal costs involved in battling preservationists, who wanted to save the Ambassador, and Donald Trump, who hoped to build the world's tallest building on the site
Number of grade levels the school will serve, kindergarten to 12th grade
Total size, in acres, of the school's campus
Square footage of the public park, which is located on the RFK school's grounds
Total square footage of the school
Percentage of students who drop out in the L.A. Unified district
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