Manchester school district makes bid to run Job Corps center
The district’s bid was disclosed at Monday’s Board of School Committee meeting, much to the frustration of Ward 9 school board member Art Beaudry, who insisted that the board should have had a say in whether to move forward with the plan.
On Tuesday, Gatsas said the board will have the chance to debate the matter next month, when it goes before the Coordination Committee.
Gatsas noted that if Manchester wins the contract, it would be the first school district to operate a Job Corps center in the country. There are 125 such centers, and the Manchester center will be the first in New Hampshire in the program’s 50-year history.
But Beaudry said on Monday that the mayor and the school administration were “as usual putting the cart before the horse.”
He added, “We have to put a stop to this.”
Ryan said he couldn’t disclose any details of the contract because it was “a sealed bid,” but he said it could be “quite lucrative based on a five-year projection.”
According to the request for proposals to operate the Manchester center issued earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Labor, the five-year contract will be governed by a cost-plus-fixed-fee arrangement. The government would cover agreed upon costs to run the center and pay a performance-based fee to the contractor of up to 2.4 percent of the operating cost.
Under the request for proposals, the Manchester center would have 300 students when fully operational, with 268 of them living on the premises. There would be 290 staff members.
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