Vote set for Tuesday on controversial Broward school construction plan

Broward’s school district on Tuesday is set to vote on the first big piece of its construction outsourcing plan — a plan already generating controversy.

Earlier this year, Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie announced that the district would outsource much of its facilities department. Broward hopes that bringing in a private company to oversee construction work will restore credibility to the district’s long-troubled construction practices.

But the first big step in that outsourcing process — picking the company that Broward will hire — has been the subject of heavy criticism. District activists and Broward’s own internal auditor have pointed out that there were numerous irregularities in the method that Broward used to pick San Francisco-based URS as the winning company.

School Board members on Tuesday will vote on whether to hire URS anyway — despite the complaints over a flawed selection process. Broward will choose to either start the whole process over from scratch, or decide that the process, while not perfect, was good enough to go forward with hiring URS. Runcie is recommending that URS be hired.

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