Two good things concerning the new Ball High happened at the last school board meeting. For one, the trustees chose to use competitive bidding to build the school, a major construction project with a $250 million budget.

This is good news because competitive bidding, where cost is a major factor in selecting the contractor, is the best way to assure that every potential contractor gets a fair shot and that taxpayers get good value.

Elizabeth Beeton represents District 1-A on the Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees.

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Bailey Jones

Will these contracts be "fixed price" or "cost plus"? Or something else?

Elizabeth Beeton

Fixed price.

Bailey Jones

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Mary Gillespie

Schools must do a better job holding contractors accountable. When newly installed toilets don't work or the soil around a pool collapses, the contractor must be forced to bear the cost of his mistakes or poor engineering.

Paula Flinn

Thank you, Ms. Beeton, for letting us know the decisions made by the trustees and the board. I appreciate your explaining it to the public.

Elizabeth Beeton

You're very welcome.

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