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School Pays Contractor $55/hr for Secretary to Open an Envelope

john653 Wrote: Oct 04, 2012 12:54 PM
'Is this firm new? Does it have a positive reputation in the community? Did the school board bother checking on these questions before hiring this company?' none of the above, the contractor is their neighbor. 'We assume that the Hillsborough school board used competitive bidding to hire this company. But the bidding process involves more than identifying the low bid and awarding the contract accordingly.' Nahhhh. depends on whose friends the contractor is. These are normal bureaucrats that lose their common sense when ever they go to the office. Besides, its not their money! They probably think its 'Obama Money'..... LOL
Sometimes private contractors see schools and their multi-million dollar budgets as great sources of potential revenue.

And because schools rarely employ people with business sense or experience, they sometimes hire contractors to perform major projects without seeking competitive bids or doing thorough background checks on the companies.

Then the cost overrun bills start arriving and more tax dollars than necessary go out the door.

In Hillsborough, New Jersey, school board members were recently “shocked” and “insulted” that the district’s architectural contractor recently submitted invoices totaling about $19,000, according to the Hillsborough Beacon.

Apparently there was some confusion about what...