Monday, November 26, 2012

APS projects don't go to lowest bidder; what else goes to lesser qualified?

When APS let the contract for the work at Sandia High School, it didn't go to the lowest bidder.

They've invented a rubric for the letting of contracts that includes intangibles.  The intangibles in the Sandia contract amounted to a full 60%; far more than the interests of taxpayers; getting the most bang for their buck.

It isn't the first time.  When APS let their phone contract to Monica Armenta's mother, she wasn't the lowest bidder either, link.  This is part if a pattern of behavior; a way of thinking in the leadership of the APS.

The same kind of thinking goes into promoting administrators.

Skill set and experience don't drive decision making that fills the inner circle, intangibles do.  In this case, a willingness to hide inconvenient truths.

Auditors from the Council of the Great City Schools have found,

  • administrators routinely hiding crime statistics, and
  • enabled by administrative evaluations which are subjective and unrelated to promotion or step placement.
The thinking that gets one ahead in the APS oligarchy is the willingness to protect APS' public perception and other administrator's asses.  There are only two kinds of (senior) administrators in the APS, the corrupt and incompetent, and those with guilty knowledge of the corruption and incompetence.

Auditors can find the truth about the ethics and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS, why can't the Journal, KRQE, KOAT, or KOB, except that they aren't looking?

... even in the face of school board member, mill levy and
school bond issue elections.

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