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UISD to discuss disinfecting contract

Published: May. 10, 2022 at 7:01 PM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - The UISD Board of Trustees met Tuesday night to discuss the contract awarded to a company owned by a board member.

Board members say they want to set the record straight and go over the contract that was given.

After weeks of uproar surrounding a questionable contract given to a disinfecting company, UISD met to clear the air.

At the heart of this controversy is board member Ricardo Rodriguez who owns, Disinfect Pro Master.

In 2021, the district paid Rodriguez’s company to disinfect UISD buildings during the pandemic.

Recently the public has been questioning if there was a conflict of interest in hiring a company owned by a board member.

During Tuesday’s meeting the UISD board maintained its stance saying that all legal requirements were met when awarded the contract.

There was even a vote on whether or not to keep Rodriguez’s services.

With a three to two vote, members decided to keep working with Disinfect Pro Master when needed.

With Rodriguez abstained from voting in the meeting and was not present during discussion.

UISD Board President, Ramiro Veliz says, “At the end of the day we looked at the services that were going to be provided, he has a service and a company that specializes in that service. He applied like every other company that was requested and there was a committee from staff members that looked at the bids of different proposals and they had the recommendation to the district’s administration which they did the recommendation to the board members back in September and we voted in favor on that recommendation.”

The two members who opposed continuing with the contract were Javier Montemayor Jr. and Francisco “Frank Castillo.

There were also public comments at that time and some people were questioning Rodriguez’s price tag for the service and what chemicals were used

As of now the contract is set to expire in August of this year.

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On Tuesday night, UISD will meet to discuss a contract that was awarded to a company owned by a board member.

Board members say they want to set the record straight and go over how this contract was given.

Questions will finally be answered during the meeting regarding “Disinfect Pro Master”, the company owned by Ricardo Rodriguez who is also a UISD board member.

Almost half-a-million dollars has been paid out to Rodriguez’s company to disinfect over dozens of UISD buildings.

Which includes schools and administrative buildings but members from our community like attorney George Altgelt have questions regarding the contract and believes there was a conflict of interest in the vote.

Backtracking on 2021, the district recommended Rodriguez’s company to disinfect the buildings because of the pandemic; however, UISD say that all legal requirements were met.

Furthermore, it turned out that only two members of the entire board said yes to the deal.

The district says Rodriguez mentioned he was the owner of the business before the vote took place.

Two of the members of the board such as Javier Montemayor and Frank Castillo want to discuss the contract’s approval process and see if any modifications will be made.

Tonight on KGNS News at Ten, we’ll have the latest about what was discussed during the meeting.

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