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KCSís Oaks clarifies Jablonski, school truck deals

Dear Editor:



A caller published in the presstalk section of the December 23 issue stated that former school board member Diane Jablonski had a conflict of interest voting to purchase vans and buses from her husband's company, Landmark Internat-ional. The record needs to be corrected in this matter.

The school system has purchased only one vehicle, a cargo truck, from Landmark Internat-ional. Landmark International was the low bidder on a publicly bid contract. Mrs. Jablonski recused herself and did not vote on this contract when it came before the school board. Additionally, over the years Mrs. Jablonski recused herself from voting on the purchase of International equipment even though the vendors were not Landmark International.

The school system works through the Knox County purchasing process which requires bid submission for purchases of high dollar items. No school board member would be in a position to select a specific company. The board would only be in a position to approve the lowest bid or most qualified bidder based on bids submitted by interested vendors.



Russ Oaks

Public Affairs Director

Knox County Schools

 

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