RESERVE – The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board recently awarded a three-year contract for tax auditor services to The Port CPA and Business Advisors at a special meeting at the Godchaux Grammar cafeteria.
The contract includes $ 85,000 for standard audit services, which decrease to $ 80,000 in 2022 and 2023, in addition to $ 24,000 for certain agreed audit procedures for 12 schools.
The total annual cost is lower than last year’s cost, which was $ 134,000.
School board accountant Janice Gauthier explained that a request for proposal for the financial auditor contract was sent following the school board meeting on November 14. However, only one proposal was received from The Port CPA and Business Advisors, and it was found to be non-compliant.
“He was not responding because it was emailed,” Gauthier said. “The RFP indicated that it had to be uploaded to the central auctions, deposited at the central office, no later than 1:00 p.m. on December 17, 2021.”
After consulting with the public prosecutor’s office, Gauthier said the school board had some discretion to dispense with the formalities associated with the law on public tenders and award the contractor to the sole bidder. However, if another proponent fully met the requirements, the hypothetical entity could challenge the award.
The fact that only one bidder left the school board between a rock and a hard place, as board member Debbie Schum said the seller’s failure to follow the rules of the request causes it to call into question. question its capacity.
Board member Gerald Keller asked about the credentials of The Port CPA and Business Advisors. Gauthier responded that the company’s work experience includes, but is not limited to, the East Carroll Parish School Board, the Capital Area Planning Commission, the City of Madison, the Parish Council of Livingston and the Parish Library of St. Tammany.
After board chair Nia Mitchell-Williams asked about the contact cancellation terms, Gauthier confirmed that the school board has the power to terminate the contractor is not satisfied with the services provided.
The motion to award the contract was adopted with six yeses, five absent.