A few days ago we directed your attention to Allen Gwinn’s item on some TDIndustries’ invoices to DISD that seemed out of line. The school district investigated and came back with this report, which seems reasonable to me:
The installation of the alarm systems at W.W. Samuell High School and the Environmental Education Center Agricultural Barn fully complied with the district’s procurement policy. The referenced building located on the Samuell campus is a four-room quad portable, not a double-wide as you indicated. The City of Dallas Fire Marshall rejected the stand-alone system that was initially planned for the W.W. Samuell High School quad portable building, mandating campus-wide connectivity. That increased the total proposed cost from $5,400 to $9,912. 3 companies submitted proposals for this work. One quote came in at $11,235 and another came in at $12,143. TDIndustries submitted the lowest quote for the installation of the fire alarm system at Samuell High School at $9,912 and completed the work in 2006.