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OPRF recently bounced its contractor/architectural consultant of many years. That's likely what happens when a high school can't put water in its pools for a semester due to a near endless series of miscues and misdirection by the outgoing firm.

Now the school is closing in on a new contractor, with the architecture function wisely segregated. Last week, though, the hiring was delayed for multiple reasons. One was the insistence by board member John Allen on language expressing a genuine effort to hire minority subcontractors.

That's wise oversight by a valued board member.

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Roger Clegg from Falls Church, Virginia  

Posted: February 2nd, 2011 7:33 AM

Contracting programs should be open to all, bidding opportunities widely publicized beforehand, and no one discriminated against because of race or sex. But that means no preferences because of race or sex either--whether it's labeled a "quota" or a "goal," since both end up amounting to the same thing. Such discrimination is unfair, it costs the taxpayers money to award a contract to someone other than the lowest bidder, and it's almost always unconstitutional (see http://community.pacificlegal.org/Page.aspx?pid=1342 ). Those who engage in such discrimination should be sued.

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