Bridgeport’s “Education Reformer Extraordinaire” Paul Vallas and the illegal Board of Education have approved hundreds of thousands of dollars for consultants.
Paul Vallas and the illegal Board have approved hundreds of thousands of dollars for new software programs.
These purchases were done without fulfilling the legal requirements of Bridgeport’s Municipal Code: (Codified through Ordinance of January 3, 2012, Supp. No. 10, 3-12.)
The legal requirements are not hard to understand.
And inquiring minds want to why Team Vallas believe that the law applies to everyone else but them.
The Bridgeport Municipal Code is as follows:
“Competitive bidding shall be used for all purchases of goods and general services exceeding the sum of seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500.00) (See C.G.S. § 7-148v, as amended)”
And if Vallas and the Board claim that the services they purchased fall into the category of being “special or professional services,” then the follow requirements exist:
“Purchases exempt from competitive bidding. Purchases of special or professional services anticipated to cost between one dollar ($1.00) and nine hundred ninety-nine dollars ($999.00).”
“Purchases permitted by informal competitive quotation process. Purchases of special and professional services anticipated to cost between one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) and seven thousand four hundred ninety-nine dollars ($7,499.00).”
“Purchases requiring an informal competitive proposal process. Purchases of special or professional services that are in excess of seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500.00) but do not exceed twenty-four thousand nine hundred ninety-nine dollars ($24,999.00) (Proposals shall be solicited from at least three qualified or pre-qualified vendors…)”
And purchase of special goods and services over $25,000 shall require full competitive bidding.
In nearly every case the contract that Paul Vallas signed or the illegal Board of Education approved was over $25,000.
And in none of the cases identified to date, did Vallas and the illegal board make any reasonable effort to adhere to the legal requirements.
Of course, if Mayor Finch used his “emergency powers’ to grant exemptions from Bridgeport’s requirements, then that is a whole other matter.
The fact is, people lose their job s for less.
It is time for Team Vallas to explain why they think the law doesn’t apply to them.