PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF DR. STEVE GALLON III
October 22, 2020
The School Board of Miami-Dade County remains committed to promoting and maintaining a high level of accountability, integrity, and transparency in the operation of the school district, including those that involves expenditures, procurement, and related financial matters.
Therefore, at the School Board Meeting of October 21, 2020, the School Board unanimously approved Good Cause Agenda Item H-26, proffered by Vice-Chair Dr. Steve Gallon III. This item directs the Superintendent, in consultation with the School Board Attorney and Chief Auditor, to review all COVID-19 related procurement purchases between March 1, 2020 and October 20, 2020, to ensure compliance with all required applicable State statutes, Florida State Board of Education Rules, School Board policies, and administrative procedures, and provide an update to the School Board at its Fiscal Accountability and Government Relations Committee meeting of December 2, 2020.
The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused not only a great degree of anxiety and sense of urgency in the development of programs for students and employees, but also in the procurement of related goods and services to ensure that health, safety, and wellness remain a priority in M-DCPS’ schools and district offices. Recently, there have been increased concerns and much public discourse regarding the procurement of goods and services, the use of District-controlled facilities by third-party vendors, and related utilization of procedures and compliance with School Board Policy. Thus, a review of these procurement procedures, as well as compliance with School Board Policies and procedures is necessary at this time.
“Ensuring compliance with all district policies, procedures, and processes is a priority of this Board and this unanimous vote reflects the Board’s unwavering commitment to transparency, accountability, and financial integrity,” said Dr. Steve Gallon III. “We have an obligation to ensure, protect, and maintain the public’s trust, especially when it comes to the expenditure of public funds.”