Three bid to run school program

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REGION 16 — Three bidders are vying for the job of providing a before and afterschool program at the new Prospect Elementary School when the school opens next fall.

United Day School of Beacon Falls, the Greater Waterbury YMCA out of Waterbury and Springboard Education in America, Inc of Lexington, Mass. all submitted proposals to provide the program.

The Region 16 Board of Education, which oversees schools in Beacon Falls and Prospect, was expected to award the bid at its Dec. 17 meeting. But the board was unable to take action on any items on the agenda due to a lack of a quorum.

A decision is expected to be made in January.

As part of request for proposals, bidders were required to submit the annual usage fee they would pay to the district to run the program. The usage fee had to meet or exceed the fee schedule outlined in board policy.

Director of Finance and Business Operations Pamela Mangini said the United Day School and the Greater Waterbury YMCA bid the same usage fee of $14,480.

Mangini said Springboard Education in America broke down the usage fee it would pay by every 15 students enrolled in the program. However, she said, more clarification is needed on its proposal.

Mangini said the proposal listed fees ranging from $3,600 if one to 15 students are enrolled to $5,400 if 60 to 75 students are enrolled. She said it’s unclear whether the fee is cumulative with each step.

There currently are no formal before and afterschool programs in place at Algonquin and Community schools in Prospect. Students at Algonquin and Community schools will attend the new school.

United Day School has run a program at Laurel Ledge Elementary School in Beacon Falls since 2002. The business is owned by former school board member Wendy Oliveira, who resigned from the board in November. The school board originally discussed expanding the program at Laurel Ledge to the new school, but decided in October to go out to bid.