Warren County Schools technology director Katrina Haley has asked members of the county’s Financial Management Committee to award two projects to companies other than the lowest bidders on the projects.
The projects are for wireless network wiring and media projector installation for the school system.
In a letter written to the committee members, Haley recommend the bid from Modern Electric be approved because Technology Express is a vendor of hardware and software and Warren County Schools has never used that company for wiring services.
Commissioner Wayne Copeland said, “When we start taking bids that aren’t the lowest bid, people will get to where they won’t bid it. We need to document why we are doing this.”
Wireless network wiring bids:
• Modern Electrical Contracting – $5,802
• Technology Express – $4,995
The main reason commissioners agreed to abide by Haley’s recommendation is because the lower bidder could not provide her with references from wiring other school systems. According to Haley’s letter, Modern Electric offers a 15-year warranty on its services. No warranty by Technology Express was mentioned.
Haley wrote another letter asking commissioners to award Modern Electric the bid for media installation.
Media projector installation bids:
• Modern Electrical – $2,306
• Howard Technology Solutions – $5,443
• Technology Express – $1,798
Haley said, “The bid from Technology Express was lower, but did not include cat 5e cable drops, an additional speaker per room, and wall plates. These three items added to their bid would increase the cost. Modern Electric also offers a 15-year warranty on their services.”
Members voted to award the bids based on Haley’s recommendations.
Members present at the meeting were County Executive John Pelham, Terry Bell, Copeland, Billy Earl Jones and Bobby Cox. Members absent were Herschel Wells and Levie Glenn.