Monday, January 09, 2006

White winning bidder wants waiver against minorities

Does the school superintendent want to bend the public school system's own rules on promoting minority business?

It looks like he's sweeping minority businessmen under the rug to build a school for mostly white kids in Potomac.

A Board of Education resolution for the January 10 meeting accepts the low bidder for the "Seven Locks Elementary Replacement School" on Kendale Road - even though it recognizes that the bidder "has not met the 25-percent goal for Minority Business Enterprise participation and has submitted a waiver request."

The resolution adds that the MCPS staff "is working with" the low bidder "to increase minority participation on the projects and recommends that the Board delay approval of a waiver for not meeting the goal."

But it says nothing about requiring the contractor to comply with the 25 percent rule.