‘Fast and furious:’ In rush to spend, fewer bidders likely cost MSCS millions

By , Special to the Daily Memphian Updated: July 05, 2022 10:53 AM CT | Published: July 03, 2022 4:00 AM CT
<strong>Gipson Mechanical employees work on an air-dirt separator at Vollentine Elementary. Gipson was the only bidder on the project.</strong> (Courtesy Memphis Shelby County Schools)

Gipson Mechanical employees work on an air-dirt separator at Vollentine Elementary. Gipson was the only bidder on the project. (Courtesy Memphis Shelby County Schools)

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In trying to quickly spend $172 million, the school district made decisions that limited competition for contracts, favored certain vendors and helped push overall costs up as much as 40%. 

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David Waters

David Waters

David Waters is Distinguished Journalist in Residence and assistant director of the Institute for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis.


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