At today’s School Board meeting, the District will take another step forward in this improvement effort. More than a dozen agenda items were presented for School Board approval to address outstanding issues on various capital projects. The items encompassed two primary areas of focus: final acceptance and close out of older projects where the work was completed several years ago, and change orders to address project scope and budget discrepancies. These agenda items, while reflective of past process limitations and an old way of doing business, represent a fair resolution to these lingering issues that is in the District’s best interest. The full meeting agenda from the September 16, 2014 is available at http://bcpsagenda.browardschools.com/agenda/00956/Agenda-Outline-for-2014-09-16-10-15.htm.
“Failure to address these issues now will only prolong their resolution and ultimately lead to greater costs for the District and taxpayers,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “I support the new Facilities Department’s leadership, addressing the problems of the past in an aggressive and proactive manner and working to move this organization forward.”
Over the past three years, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has taken great efforts to improve operations in the organization’s Facilities and Construction Management division, with the overall goal of improving the execution of the District’s capital program, establishing an effective level of accountability and transparency, and restoring confidence and trust in this area.
To date, BCPS:
• Commissioned the services of an independent external auditor (McGladrey) to conduct an operational review of all processes and protocols and identify improvement opportunities based on industry best practices;
• Amended design professional and construction contracts to include additional accountability measures to better serve the District and protect taxpayer investments;
• Transitioned to a program management services model for the delivery of project management services. This approach provides enhanced industry expertise, is easily scalable to changes in the District’s capital program, and provides a high level of accountability;
• Hired new leadership, within the Facilities and Construction Management division, with vast experience and success in the execution of large capital programs; and
• Completed a comprehensive, independent needs assessment of all District facilities. This information will be utilized to strategically inform the capital planning process.
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