PGCPS Board of Ed creates MBE advisory board

The Prince George’s County Board of Education meets on June 25 to discuss the budget for fiscal year 2016. The budget passed with seven ayes, three abstentions, and two nos.

The Prince George’s County Board of Education meets on June 25 to discuss the budget for fiscal year 2016. The budget passed with seven ayes, three abstentions, and two nos.

UPPER MARLBORO – As the county school system continues to analyze its capital improvements for the upcoming years, it is also looking into the process in which it selects its contractors and whom it will do business with.

At the Prince George’s County Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Oct. 22, a motion was passed to create and implement a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Issues Advisory Board, but also moved policy legislation regarding MBE and local business enterprise (LBE) goals and reporting back to committee. This was done because board members felt they did not have enough information to pass it, nor was the policy strong enough.

Although both motions were up for vote on Thursday, both have been in the works for almost a year through the board’s policy, legal and legislative committee. Both came up as first readers in September.

The implementation of the advisory board passed with two friendly amendments introduced by Board Chair Segun Eubanks and board member Curtis Valentine. The amendments included the addition of including local business issues to the advisory board, and adding a representative form the county’s business roundtable.

“I just think about the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce and having representation from some of the largest representatives of business and employers in the county, that the business roundtable should also be included,” Valentine said.

The advisory board will comprise of 14 members; nine nominated from the board, one nominated by the chief executive officer, two from the Prince George’s County labor community, one from the Prince George’s County Business Roundtable, and one from the county chamber of commerce.

The advisory board will report to the board of education with recommendations on issues related to MBE and LBE issues. Those issues will range from compliance with state laws and regulations regarding MBE programs and procurement goals, compliance with contracting regulations, outreach efforts, board policy and the training of all school employees “responsible for contracting and procurement of goods, and services for the school system regarding MBE goals and requirements.”

At a previous board meeting in September, Kevin Maxwell, chief executive officer of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), said the administration did not agree with the new policy regarding MBE and LBE issues.

“For the record, the administration does not agree with the proposed new board policy 3325 and we will forward an alternative proposal,” he said.

Board member Edward Burroughs III said the MBE and local business enterprise policy committee decided to delay the vote on the MBE policy on Thursday to further strengthen it.

“Moments before this meeting, Dr. (Beverly) Anderson, myself, and other members of the board, in attempt to strengthen the policy, we’re going to recommend tabling it until our next evening board meeting,” Burroughs said during the meeting.

The board struggled on how to further proceed, since Burroughs did not want the policy to delay further than the next meeting, while Maxwell felt the next meeting was too soon to gather sufficient information. The policy went back to committee and will be set for voting on Jan. 7 during a board work session.

The policy currently stands as a two-page document which highlights the goals and standards of encouraging local and minority businesses to participate in the bidding process of school’s capital projects.

“Minority and local businesses are encouraged to submit bids in response to all invitations for bid and requests for proposal. The board of education establishes a goal of 50 percent, with a minimum of 40 percent, participation by minority businesses for contracts for goods and services,” the policy document reads.

The policy also requires Maxwell to provide the board with quarterly reports on the awarding of contracts to such businesses.

“Each quarterly report shall provide information regarding contract awards with the following disaggregated data. 1. Name of contractor. 2. Category (i.e. small business, local small business, minority business, local minority business, other.) 3. Geographical location of contractor/vendor (county/state/out of state.) 4. Brief description of the contract and 5. Total dollar value of contracts and purchases, by category, awarded to MBE’s,” the policy said.

Residents and business owners from across the county attended the board meeting to voice their support for the policy and the advisory board.

Larry Stafford, the deputy director of Progressive Maryland, said he was excited to see the policy go before the board of education.

“I really commend the leadership of school board member Edward Burroughs in putting this forward,” Stafford said. “When we think about the fact that we have a moment all across the country talking about how black lives matter. What we also have to think about is that black economies matter, black businesses matter.”

via Prince George’s County sentinel.

2014 Kevin Maxwell

At a previous board meeting in September, Kevin Maxwell, chief executive officer of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), said the administration did not agree with the new policy regarding MBE and LBE issues.

“For the record, the administration does not agree with the proposed new board policy 3325 and we will forward an alternative proposal,” he said.

pgcps_logo

pg_map_medium***

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s