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Action Item - 26.

Title: Amendment to Contracts with Various Vendors for Professional Environmental and Safety Training Consulting Services ($100,000)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration

 The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute and perform an amendment of a contract, subject to funding, as follows:


Criterion Laboratories, Inc., 

EMSL Analytical, Inc.

Access Training


To extend the time and spending authorization previously approved to provide professional environmental and safety training consulting services

 Original Start Date:  6/22/2018

 Current End Date:  6/30/2023

 Amended End Date:  6/24/2023

 Currently Authorized Compensation:  $500,000

 Additional Compensation: 
All entities will be paid out of the aggregate amount not to exceed $100,000 in additional compensation.

 Total New Compensation:  $600,000 

All Schools

 Renewal Options:  No


The School District of Philadelphia's (District) Office of Environmental Management Services requests a time extension and additional funding for the costs associated with all required trainings of the District’s in-house asbestos and lead abatement team, as well as for all maintenance, custodial, and facilities personnel. The additional time and funding are necessary to complete the work, which was delayed due to setbacks and delays related to the pandemic and Covid-19 restrictions beginning in the Spring of 2020. These contracts are required to comply with the US EPA Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Asbestos Occupations Accreditation and Certification Act, and the City of  Philadelphia, Department of Public Health, Asbestos Control Regulations, which mandate certified training for employees involved in asbestos, lead, and mold abatement activities. 

To expedite this process, utilizing a pool of qualified firms is the most efficient way for the District to complete design activities to meet the project timelines. The approved firms' services will be evaluated based on their ability to meet project milestones and remain within the approved budget. The work supports the goal of providing safe, healthy, and welcoming learning environments for all students.

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 Related resolution(s)/approval(s): 
June 21, 2018 A-58
 Funding Source(s): 
FY24 Operating Budget

 Office Originating Request: Operations - Facilities