The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled Spotsylvania’s School Board erred in not awarding its custodial contract to the lowest bidder two years ago.
As a result, the School Board voted this week to change providers, effective July 1. Professional Building Maintenance Inc. of Stafford County provided the lowest bid for school cleaning services in spring 2010 but was not awarded the contract.
Instead, it went to SSC Service Solutions Inc., a Knoxville, Tenn.-based company that operates under the same corporate umbrella–Compass Group North America–as the Spotsylvania schools’ food service provider, Chartwells School Dining Service…. Documents filed in the case show that PBM’s bid of $1,794,809 annually was $249,721.68 lower than SSC’s bid for one year. That would amount to a savings of about $1.25 million over five years.