Public Procurement Commission grants state education department six exemptions from public procurement law


The Mississippi Procurement Review Board on Wednesday voted waivers for six new contracts for the Mississippi Department of Education

The agency wants to use a procurement request process for $ 25.3 million of contracts rather than standard tendering for sealed bids. The MOE must be able to openly compare bidders as it must compare their personnel, capacities and technical skills.

The first contract would be $ 300,000 for virtual training with instructors and staff coaching on Agile and Scrum project management methodologies, which are used in software development.

The next contract waiver for MDE approved by the board was a $ 6.249 million contract to provide English or small group tutoring for K-2 students. This aims to address the gaps in the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is also a similar contract waiver, with the same amount for Kindergarten to Grade 2 math that has also been approved. Two other exemptions that were passed by the board are worth $ 6.249 million for ELA tutoring services and math for students in grades three through 12.

These contracts would be for four months and 11 days, with two one-year renewal options.

The board unanimously approved another one-year extension of MDE’s contract with the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment. The renewal is worth over $ 238,000 and the extension will bring the contract to $ 1.175 million. This would be the third extension granted to MDE, as the original contract had four one-year contract renewal options.

In other council movements, they approved:

The renewal of a lease of over $ 437,000 from the Mattiace Office Company for the Secretary of State’s office in Jackson.

A request from the Mississippi Department of Emergency Management for a bidding process for a $ 7 million contract to help secure federal grants and comply with federal regulations governing their use.

The next council meeting will be on December 1st.


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