M/WBE Participation In Dallas Isd Bond Program Work Exceeds Goals
For Immediate Release:
September 28, 2012
Contact Sandra G. Verduzco or Libby Daniels at (972) 925-3900
Effort aims to maximize work performed by minority- and women-owned businesses
DALLAS – Participation of minority- and women-owned businesses in Dallas ISD’s bond-funded projects exceeded district goals in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011-2012, according to a Minority/Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) report presented to the Board of Trustees on Sept. 13.
For construction projects in the 2008 Bond Program, 59 percent ($21.6 million) of construction work was completed by M/WBE companies between April 1 and June 30, 2012, during which $36.4 million was spent on bond projects for construction. During the same period, 57 percent ($5.8 million) of professional services relating to the 2008 Bond Program were provided by M/WBE firms, during which $10.1 million was spent on bond professional services.
The participation in both categories exceeds the district’s M/WBE goals, which are 30 percent for construction and 35 percent for professional services. Further, M/WBE participation increased in both categories from the third quarter to the fourth quarter.
“Much of the Dallas ISD M/WBE Program’s success is predicated upon the overwhelming commitment of our three program management firms: AECOM, Jacobs, and Parsons,” said Annie Holmes-Partee, director of Dallas ISD’s M/WBE Program. “Whereas these numbers are quite impressive, I take great pride in the fact they continuously support our Dallas ISD students.” She noted that the firms recently adopted several Dallas ISD schools and provided backpacks and school supplies to students. “Helping others is a part of their culture,” she said.
A continuing goal of Dallas ISD’s M/WBE Department is to maximize the participation of M/WBEs in all phases of the district’s purchasing and contracting activities. The department focuses on community outreach, contract compliance and monitoring, business development and in-reach initiatives.
Six new schools funded by the 2008 Bond Program opened this fall. Once complete, the $1.35 billion program will have funded the construction of 14 new schools (two high schools, four middle schools and eight elementary schools) and additions and renovations to facilities across the district.
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