The City Colleges Board is set to give the nod to six television production companies that would be able to do work for the district’s public television station, WYCC, without competitive public bidding beforehand.
The pre-approval list doesn’t detail specific dollar amounts or specific projects, district spokesman Elsa Tullos says. Instead, it lets the companies get in line for projects when WYCC needs producers, camera operators or other equipment. Any projects that cost more than $10,000 would have to be approved by the Board of Trustees first.
“In the course of the year, they’ll be able to use these people without going through the lengthier process of maybe sending out a bid every time,” Tullos says.
The district issued a public request for companies who wanted to be on the list. Under this plan, the pre-approved company with the lowest price will get the work.
The six companies pre-approved for production work for the next three years are Delisha Lee and Associates, Cavalcade Communications Group, StaPhocus Productions, Film ‘N Video, Juneteenth Productions and Wright Brothers, Tullos says.
Missing from the agenda for tomorrow morning’s meeting is any mention of the district’s budget for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.
Under state law, the City Colleges has until September to pass its budget, and with the state still grappling with a large budget deficit, the City Colleges wants to wait on its own budget, Tullos says. The Illinois Public Community College Act gives each district three months from the start of its fiscal year to pass a budget. In the mean time, the district must use the previous year’s budget to keep operating.
“Even though we usually present a budget to the board in June or July, in light of the state’s financial situation, we delayed it a bit,” Tullos says.
She did not know when a budget proposal would come to the board.
Tomorrow’s meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the district office, 226 W. Jackson Boulevard.
Daily News Staff Writer Peter Sachs covers higher education. He can be reached at 773.362.5002, ext. 18, or peter [at] chitowndailynews [dot] org.