By Kendra McQuilton
New York State School Board Association (NYSSBA) On Board article, published June 8, 2020
In light of the George Floyd protests, your school board may be re-examining district efforts involving diversity and inclusion. Have you considered your district’s dealings with businesses?
The average school district spends 11% of its budget on purchased services, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. There is an opportunity to ensure that minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE) are competitive when bidding for that work.
Several districts in New York State award points in the request for proposals (RFP) process and take other steps to welcome M/WBEs. For example, the Rochester City School District pursues equity goals through its Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Development. The district’s M/WBE purchasing policy includes the coordination and development of minority business training programs and the offer of mentoring and internship opportunities for students.