San Francisco Board of Education seeks to encourage local hiring on campus projects

S.F. Examiner File Photo“It’s my commitment to do this

School officials want to encourage contractors to hire local workers under a resolution the Board of Education is expected to discuss in the coming weeks.

Although the San Francisco Unified School District currently encourages the practice, the resolution would firmly state the goals of the district:  supporting the local workforce.

Details of the proposal have yet to be finalized and district staff members plan to discuss questions and legal requirements around passing such a resolution, including requirements that the school district accept the lowest bid on a project.

School board President Norman Yee said he wanted to help move the proposal forward before leaving to represent District 7 on the Board of Supervisors. He was elected in November.

“It’s my commitment to do this,” Yee said. “Since The City has already gone down that road for local hiring, it’s good for the school district to go down the same path.”

The City passed a local-hire resolution in 2010 that encourages contractors to employ San Francisco residents. According to a report released earlier this year, some 34 percent of city-funded projects have hired local workers since the policy was passed.

Yee said he wanted to introduce the resolution in order to encourage local hiring for projects funded by the 2011 Proposition A school bond. That bond is expected to bring $531 million worth of repair work and upgrades to 50 school buildings, plus an entirely new building for the Bayview district’s Willie Brown Academy.

“The general concept is the city residents pay for this, somehow it should benefit some of them in San
Francisco,” Yee said.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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