EPISD recently filed a lawsuit against a prominent local builder.
The contractor built an elementary school for the district in 2009.
The company’s senior vice president was quoted at saying:
“To date, EPISD has not notified us directly of any issues with our work performed at Tom Lea Elementary School in 2009, aside from routine warranty work, which was completed and approved by the district,”
If the builder is correct and EPISD has not worked in good faith to resolve whatever problems there may be then EPISD is out of line.
EPISD’s board president was quoted by the Times as saying:
“It will affect the score during the procurement process,” Fenenbock said. “If there are defects, if litigation was required to resolve it and if there was a settlement and the defects were cured – all those things will be scored and taken into consideration” when awarding a contract.
Is this EPISD’s way of taking the contractor out of contention to get contracts out of the new bond money that the district has?
The school was built in 2009. If EPISD has problems with it why have they not put the contractor on notice that the problems must be fixed or a lawsuit will be filed?
If the contractor is telling the truth EPISD has damaged the contractor’s reputation unfairly and may itself face litigation.
We deserve better