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$600,000 contract for MHS project OK'd

May 7, 2013

The Marietta City Board of Education on Monday approved a nearly $600,000 contract to expand and renovate the high school so students won’t have to leave the building to change classes....

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May-07-13 11:00 AM

Skipping the bidding process saved how much time vs. how much money lost to competitive bidding? and to what gain if not going to be finished before school starts?

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May-07-13 11:05 AM

I'm not against this project, but how was it funded?

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May-07-13 2:14 PM

This sounds like a good project, but Big is right the process makes no sense. You declare it an emergency in March, award an unbid contract in May, for a project that the story says won't be done until the second semester?

How much more did this cost taxpayers by not having a bidding process? There are lots of quality contractors dying for work in this economy that will bid projects very low just keep their employees on the payroll. Something kind of smells here.

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May-07-13 2:21 PM

Not that hard to figure out..the PRESIDENT of Building Trades is on the school board.His paycheck is paid for by union members and the contractors with a % taken from every member.Go figure.Entirely unethical.

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May-07-13 2:23 PM

Fanof..union doesnt need to keep folks on payroll,the have the unemployment office for that.Union members arent required to seek work outside the union to recieve benefits.

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May-07-13 8:18 PM

Sick people in this area. You want the board to do everything for you, continue to be hate mongers on every aspect of education.

Whine and cry if your child doesn't go to school with enough sleep, breakfast, and no support at home that its the school's fault. The teachers fault. The unions fault.

Take the bull by the horns you whiners and run for school board.

How many of you truth and honest people ever attended a school board meeting just to learn what is actually happening in the schools instead of listening to posts on these stupid blogs.

I'm done.

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May-07-13 8:20 PM that just a name that is good when your team is winning or are you actually a fan and want what's good for all in the school. Like maybe some protection for our kids.

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May-07-13 9:16 PM

Mary,you can jump off the bandwagon now.First off,noone in the 8 previous post mentioned ANYTHING you brought up including not needing the increased security it will provide.This was NOT an emergency.Plenty of time since March allowed time for bidding ect.Efficient use of taxpayer $$ will help everyone involved including the taxpayer.My children get plenty of sleep,fed very well and we dont blame others for our mistakes.

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May-07-13 9:22 PM

So you feel that it is ethical for a school board member to derive payment from the construction project at the High School?You feel that there should be no scrutiny regarding use of taxpayer $$? Do you feel that a Union pres should vote a no comp bid to the very same people his paycheck is derived from?It's folks like you that keep us watching closely.

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May-08-13 10:37 AM

Mary you didn't read very carefully. I like the project, I just think it is wrong to waive the competitive bidding process for a project that will take over 6 months to complete. If it is such an emergency why did the board wait two months to award a no bid contract? Answer is, it could have been bid.

In a district that just had an employee scandal for stealing go uncovered for five years you would think they would bend over backwards towards doing everything with transparency.

Odds are that if it had been bid competitively the price would be lower and we would have funds left over that we could use for other projects to keep our kids and staff safe.

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May-08-13 7:02 PM

The school board made the decision not because the "teachers and the unions" wanted extra security. The doors on the 4th floor are kept open during the day to accommodate students changing classes and PSEO whose schedules vary. Why create a conspiracy when there is none? In my opinion, I don't feel there is a security issue in Marietta but what if I am wrong. Far better to err on the side of caution. Further, Truth 40 may I suggest that you make any complaints known to the BOE regarding concerns you may have. I am sure that even if these concerns that you mention are accurate they are probably taken out of context. Mrs. Cavalier would not intentionally hurt anyone, let alone a child. Without proof you are guilty of liable.

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May-08-13 7:03 PM

P.S. I was under the impression that Mrs. Cavalier taught 6th grade?

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May-09-13 8:53 PM

Actually, my dear friend, Truth, you don't seem to understand how the school districts work. You're anti-union positions cloud your view point. If you are not happy with your child's education because of your political beliefs might I suggest that you home school them. You may also consider a private school. Or better yet, spend 80,000 dollars and earn a teaching certificate where you can unleash all of your hostilities at the next MEA meeting. You will discover that you have almost no influence whatsoever.

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