Today, Tuesday, October 27, 2015, The School Board of Broward County, Florida, held a workshop to discuss the results of a Disparity Study (Study), which evaluated the District’s procurement and contracting practices.
The Study focused on assessing the level of diversity in the District’s awarding of contracts and purchasing opportunities, particularly among small, minority and women-owned businesses. The Study represents the first phase in the District’s continuous improvement initiative. Study results will be utilized to drive improvements and strategies for increasing participation among underutilized businesses.
“It’s critical for our District to have a fair and equitable distribution of procurement and contracting opportunities,” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “I initiated the Disparity Study to ensure our District’s practices reflect the community we serve. Through this Study, we are sending a message to our local community that their business is important to us.”
The Study, which was conducted by the national public policy research firm, Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd., included a five-year time period from July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2013. The researchers evaluated the District’s contracting practices in the areas of professional services, contractual services, commodities and construction. Local businesses also played an important role in the Study by participating in interviews and surveys.
During the School Board workshop, Mason Tillman Associates presented an overview of the Final Report findings, as well as recommendations to increase procurement and contracting opportunities among minority and women- owned businesses.
To watch the workshop discussion, click here or copy and paste the following web link into your browser: https://becon223.eduvision.tv/directplayer.aspx?q=CT1wecDsedBuKZY0uxw0b59jQS%252fNr2VI41dIZmfAtWV3y QYbCZBxq4DAp4YzJcpU.
To view the Disparity Study Final Report and other information, visit broward.k12.fl.us/supply/sdop/disparity.html.
For additional information, contact the District’s Supplier Diversity & Outreach Program at 754-321-0550.
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