Businesses owned by minorities and women were awarded nearly 25 percent of the contracts for work in Austin schools funded by bond programs approved in 2004 and 2008, according to a new report.
The district’s efforts to track the contracts it awards focus mostly on bond work, but officials want to take a wider look at who gets contracts — including work not covered with bond funds. The district hopes to create a formalized outreach program to make sure that those businesses are getting their fair share.
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Distribution of contracts for bond work
Firms owned by minorities and women have been awarded about 23 percent of the nearly $577 million in contracts awarded for work funded by the district’s 2004 and 2008 bond programs.
Business type | Value of contracts | Percent of total work
Hispanic | $46.2 million | 8%
African-American | $6.7 million | 1.2%
Asian and Native American | $11.4 million | 2%
Non-minority female | $70 million | 12.2%
Source: Austin school district