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City official raps school district for no-bid hiring PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 19:40

Port council president critical of decision to hire referendum project architect without seeking proposals

Port Washington Ald. Dan Becker took the unusual step during a Common Council meeting Tuesday of expressing his frustration over the Port Washington-Saukville School Board’s decision not to seek bids when hiring an architect to design nearly $50 million in improvements approved in the most expensive referendum in school district history.

    Instead, the board opted to hire Bray Architects, the firm it had been working with throughout the referendum process, to design the renovations at Port Washington High School and an addition at Dunwiddie Elementary School.

    When asked after the meeting what prompted his comments, Becker said of the School Board’s decision, “It really didn’t pass the smell test to me. I was just very concerned because we’re talking $50 million to be repaid over 26 years. We have a responsibility to the constituents who elect us.”

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