'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