The Board of Education for Sampson County Schools is scheduled to make a decision on physical therapy and psychology services for the Exceptional Children’s Program.
Board Member Kim Schmidlin wanted a further review of the submissions during a Thursday work session. District officials recommended Carolina Rehabilitation at $88 per hour for physical therapy. If approved it would be a continuation of a current contract. The other submitted bid was ProvidaStaff, which offered services ranging from $50 to $60 per hour and Soliant Health, which was in the same fee range.
“The other bids establish a competitive range,” Schmidlin said.
But district officials stated the companies have no employees who live in the area, which led to a decision to go with Carolina Rehabilitation.
“We had a history working with Carolina Rehab and we get good service,” Superintendent Eric Bracy said.
For psychological services from four listed professionals, the bids for consulation services range from $70 per hour to $600 per day. Evaluation services range from $160 to $185. During the discussions, Telfair Simpson alluded to how the board needs to find out how the listed individuals are beneficial to the district.
“If not, they need to be taken out totally,” Simpson said in regards of payment.
Board member Faye Gay mentioned how the needs are public knowledge when it comes to bids.
“I’m assuming that these are the only ones who put a bid in,” said Board Chair Dewain Sinclair added.
Schmidlin requested additional information about the bidding process and questioned the costs. She previously made a request to rebid, but she was still not pleased with the outcome, especially when the chosen rehab asked for more money.
“In 25 years, I’ve never seen rates this high,” said Schmidlin, a professional therapist in the field.
She also believes that costs for physical therapy assistants should be lowered. The bid was $88 per hour and Schmidlin believes it should range from $25 to $28.
Plans for therapy services have to be in place by the end of June for the next fiscal year that begins July 1. After Schmidlin made a request to make a decision at the next meeting, Vice Chair Sonya Powell and Gay voted against doing so. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, June 27, in the Sampson County Auditorium, 437 Rowan Road, Clinton.
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