Today’s news … Thursday, August 18, 2016

Quote for today … This article leaves some unanswered questions: Was Mr. Strickler school board president during the time period when a shared superintendant postion was being investigated, debated, and negotiated with Elanco school district? It sounds like possibly yes, since his vacant position on the board is still unfilled. Does Mr. Strickler have the qualifications to do the job? Were any other candidates considered? This whole deal smacks of impropriety.” – Comment following to this “Insider” LNP – Always Lancaster article: Columbia residents question hiring of former school board president.”

Another quote for today … “Timoney came here with this really bizarre idea; the idea that the police should be doing police work.” – From this New York Times article about the death of former Philadelphia police chief, John. T. Timoney.

truth lie

  • Is leaving out part of the story a lie? Of course. Truth is full disclosure | the good, the bad and the ugly. A letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster  shows there is more to truth than the “press release” shared with media: “AC article didn’t tell the full story.”


toomey flip flop

  • On the topic of lawyer jokes, we like this one: Q: Why did God invent lawyers?
    A: So that real estate agents would have someone to look down on.

where is the rfp

Market House “Plan”

At the meeting, it was stated a  Request for Proposals (RFP) would appear in LNP – Always Lancaster yesterday. It was not in the newspaper yesterday nor today.

While searching for it via google, we did happen, though, to come across the Columbia, SC Website – it has a page for Public Notices and RFP’s.

And Manheim Borough’s RFP is in the newspaper and at the Website: Manheim Borough is Seeking Proposals For Professional Auditing Services – 2016 Auditor RFP.

It is, as promised, posted at the Borough Website; according to the date on the RFP, it was issued on August 9, 2016:

Accepting Requests for Proposal for Consultant Market House Manager

Market House RFP

NOTE: In the RFP are several issues which “confuse” and “combine” the roles and narratives of an independent contractor and an employee. According to most legal findings, the assignment of responsibilities (e.g., defining the way an assignment is to be performed) classifies an employee rather than a contracted role. It’s always prudent to review and test against the “IRS 20 Factor Test on Employment Status.”

What’s the difference between an RFI, an RFP, and an RFQ? This Humboldt State University delineation offers the clearest and most succinct explanation.

A Request for Information (RFI) is used when you think you know what you want but need more information from the vendors. It will typically be followed by an RFQ or RFP.

A Request for Quote (RFQ) is commonly used when you know what you want but need information on how vendors would meet your requirements and/or how much it will cost.

A Request for Proposal (RFP) is used when you know you have a problem but don’t know how you want to solve it. This is the most formal of the “Request for” processes and has strict procurement rules for content, timeline and vendor responses

school b oard principlesEver wonder whether Columbia Borough School District’s board of directors ascribes to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association Principles for Governance and Leadership?


  1. I can not believe that the school board approved spending $165,000 with hardly any information. At least Kathy H. had the foresight to vote against it due to little info. It should have been studied more.

  2. Ms. Hohenadel’s statement last night was courageous and long needed.

    Manipulative bullying (defined as “use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants.”) has to stop.

    Leadership and courage (defined as: “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear” are much needed qualities in elected public service roles.

    Leaders see the future and guide the ship in stormy waters.

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