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Portage schools approve responsible bidders policy

Portage schools approve responsible bidders policy

PORTAGE | With no discussion, the Portage Township School Board on Wednesday unanimously approved a responsible bidding practices policy.

The board had held a first reading of the policy at a meeting earlier this month.

"Thank you for making sure the structures you build are safe and built by tradesmen of Northwest Indiana," Randy Palmateer, business manager for the Northwestern Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council, told the board after the vote.

Marcie Kunstek of the Indiana-Illinois-Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting also thanked the board for the vote.

The policy puts in place tighter requirements for a construction company to qualify as a "responsive and responsible" bidder, including apprenticeship training, meeting all licensing requirements, drug testing and providing any information on any violations the company may have been cited for previously.

The school district's approval of the policy follows the adoption of a similar responsible bidders ordinance by the Portage City Council earlier this month.

In other business, Superintendent Richard Weigel announced a tentative agreement has been reached between the district and the Portage Association of Teachers.

PAT President Deb Porter said teachers have set a ratification vote for Monday afternoon. Weigel said the School Board will call a special meeting for Tuesday to vote on the contract.


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Porter County Reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.

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