[lg policy] Board amends policy for bidding contracts in its Dual Language Immersion program - Beloit Daily News: News

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Thu Jun 27 14:43:30 UTC 2013


Board amends policy for bidding contracts

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    Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 4:00 pm

By Hillary Gavan hgavan at beloitdailynews.com |

*The School District of Beloit Board of Education voted to include two new
schools in its Dual Language Immersion program and voted to amend its
bidding policy at its Tuesday evening meeting.*

Bilingual kindergarten students will move on to the first grade as a new
batch of kindergarten students enter the program at Hackett and Robinson
Elementary schools, said Rosamaria Laursen, ELL program manager in an
earlier interview.

  Board president Shannon Scharmer said the board voted Tuesday to add
Converse and Todd to the schools offering the program.

Last fall two kindergarten classes at both Hackett and Robinson took
advantage of a new program aimed to help students become fluent in both
English and Spanish. There were 72 students in the program in the 2012-2013
school year.

Scharmer said the board also voted to amend Policy 672.1 purchasing and
bidding requirements to add the word “services” and “equipment.” Under the
newly amended School Board Policy 672.1 the purchases of $25,001 or more
require the solicitation of three or more bids if it is for equipment or

Scharmer said all polices are being looked at for clarification, with the
Policy Committee reviewing them in order.

The action follows a vote on May 14 where a no-bid contract for $43,000 a
year was given to Resonate Web Marketing (RWM), owned by Rick McGrath and
Ana Kelly of Beloit.

There was no public notification of the district’s intent to seek a new
service through a “request for proposal” notice, commonly published when
bids are sought by government agencies. McGrath told the Beloit Daily News
he was directly approached by the district and subsequently submitted the
proposal for which he was awarded the contract.

Board Vice President John Acomb told the newspaper, however, that  district
was not required to seek bids for professional “services.”
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