- Our investigation has revealed that the Resolution that Superintendent Joshua Starr brought to the Board of Education for approval on September 11, 2012, referenced a Maryland State Hardware Contract that had expired. Here is the BOE approved Resolution:
- Our investigation has revealed that the type of Interactive White Board that Superintendent Starr has selected is from a company that has been written about extensively with regard to financial concerns.
- Our investigation has revealed that there was no competitive bidding process for this $8,949,719 purchase.
- This week, our investigation revealed that the new Maryland State Master Hardware contract that Superintendent Starr is attempting to claim he will now use to purchase 2,000 Promethean Boards does not include any Promethean brand products. (This is not the contract that was approved in the Board of Education Resolution and is irrelevant to the Board approved action.) As our investigation showed, Promethean is not a listed vendor on this new (unapproved) contract. Interestingly enough, SMART Technologies, a competitor of Promethean is shown on the new state contract.
- We contacted the Contract Administrator for the Maryland State Master Hardware Contract and confirmed that Promethean products were not included in the new Master Contract. They are a product that could be included at a future date, but are not part of the contract as it exists today. In any event, the Montgomery County Board of Education has not approved the use of this new state contract.
- To date, Superintendent Joshua Starr has failed to produce any documents that support his request to the Board of Education on September 11, 2012 for an $8,949,719 purchase of 2,000 Promethean brand Interactive White Boards.
From: Tofig, Dana <Dana_Tofig@mcpsmd.org>
Date: Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 6:24 PM
Subject: Setting the Record Straight on Promethean Boards
Cc: "Edwards, Brian"