The WASB testified in opposition to a bill (Assembly Bill 307) that would require school districts to use the competitive bidding process on all construction projects above $75,000. The WASB determined its position based on support for local control and noted that the bill would limit or eliminate local board discretion and flexibility to use various project delivery methods for school construction. (See previous post.)
A bill requiring school districts to utilize competitive bidding for school construction projects has been scheduled for a public hearing before the Assembly Committee on Local Government, chaired by Rep. Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg). The hearing will be held:
Wednesday, July 12
Room 400 Northeast, State Capitol Continue reading Competitive Bidding Bill Scheduled for July 12 Hearing
Wisconsin statutes require certain local units of government (counties, cities, villages, and towns) to engage in competitive bidding when the estimated cost of a public works or construction project exceeds a specified dollar amount. The use of the competitive bidding process for such projects by school boards, however, is a local decision.
Now, a newly-introduced bill—Assembly Bill 307, authored by state Rep. Robert Brooks (R-Saukville, pictured) and state Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville)—would mandate that all school boards must comply with state competitive bidding requirements where the estimated cost of a public works project exceeds $75,000. Continue reading Bill Would Subject School Construction Projects to Competitive Bidding