But, our Board of Education doesn't do that. They regularly take votes based on rumor and gossip. They don't have the actual contracts they are voting on in front of them. They haven't read that actual contracts they vote to approve and sign.
As with the "telephone game", as the gossip passes around, the story changes. And, so we have it with Superintendent Starr's $14.5 million technology expenditure rumor. Every time the story is told, the facts change.
Here's where we started. This was Superintendent Starr's first statement when he released his September 11, 2012 memorandum to the Board of Education requesting their vote to approve this $14.5 million expenditure.
September 11, 2012: Resolved, That the Board of Education approves the purchase of Promethean interactive classroom technology systems at a total cost of $8,949,719;
September 11, 2012: Resolved, That the Board of Education approves the purchase of Promethean interactive classroom technology systems (pursuant to the state of Maryland contract 050B7800023) at a total cost of $8,949,719;
October 23, 2012: MCPS will purchase the Promethean Boards by piggybacking on two statewide contracts that have been put out to bid and conforms with state procurement law. The contracts are with two statewide organizations—The State of Maryland and the Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium.Two contracts? That's not what the Board of Education voted to approve on September 11, 2012. The BOE voted on ONE contract: State of Maryland contract 050B7800023. (And, anyone with computer access can pull up that document and find out that it was a 5 year contract issued in 2007 that has expired.)
Can Superintendent Joshua Starr just ignore the Board of Education vote and substitute TWO contracts for the ONE that they voted on?
Superintendent Starr, if you want the public to "understand" your technology purchase, then be honest with us. Make the actual contract that will be used to purchase 2,000 Promethean brand boards public. It's a real document that will require your signature and the signature of the BOE President.
Superintendent Joshua Starr's Shell Game with Promethean Board Procurement October 2012