SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A follow-up now to an investigation into the awarding of that $320 million ESPLOST contract last month.
The project management contract was given to a company called Parsons, which has held the contract for the last five years. This despite the scoring by an independent committee which determined a company called Cumming was its number one recommendation.
Worse yet, Cumming representatives claim Superintendent Dr. Thomas Lockamy lied to the board about those results to convince them to give the contract again to Parsons.
Late last week, the board denied Cumming's request for a hearing on the matter saying, "...the award of a contract is discretionary."
On Cumming's threat to sue the school board, the board's lawyers said, "...there is no statutory authority authorizing a suit by a frustrated offeror against the district."
Cumming has chosen not to sue the board, but instead, each individual voting member, warning the board this will be an, "... extraordinary expense for the taxpayers and exhaustively time consuming."
I will let you know if and when they do.