Gnash your teeth all you like, fellow citizens: Your Generous Assembly has decreed that these documents NOT be made public:
D. Any competitive negotiation offeror, upon request, shall be afforded the opportunity to inspect proposal records within a reasonable time after the evaluation and negotiations of proposals are completed but prior to award, except in the event that the public body decides not to accept any of the proposals and to reopen the contract. Otherwise, proposal records shall be open to public inspection only after award of the contract. (emphasis supplied)
Even so, public dissatisfaction over the secrecy is well founded: Our School Board has an extended history of incompetence and, probably, corruption in contracting. For example:
- They spent an inordinate sum to paint handicap parking spaces and even more money to design them.
- They violated Virginia law to give a $291,080 elevator design contract to a favored engineering firm.
- When caught out, they redid the Request for Proposals to favor the same firm.
- It seems that every operation the City Auditor touches at RPS turns out to be wasting money (bottom of the page).
- My own estimate suggests the something like $60 million per year is disappearing into the RPS budget with no discernable result.
Perhaps it is good news that at least two of the six members of the “Joint Construction Team” are from the City. Then, again, it was the City, not the School Board, that built the gym floor at Huguenot.