|Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is giving notice of intent to award a contract as a Sole Source to: Illinois Network of Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies (INCCRRA).|
INCCRRA will continue to provide funding for the Gateways Scholarship Program (Gateways). Gateways is an individual-based scholarship opportunity for practitioners working in early care and education. It provides financial assistance for Early Childhood Education and Child Development (ECE/CD) coursework and degrees offered through participating colleges and universities to participants in order for them to obtain the necessary college or university credit to meet the requirements for an Educator License with the Early Childhood Endorsement and/or the Bilingual or English as a Second Language (ESL) Approval/Endorsement and/or the Early Childhood Special Education Approval/Endorsement and/or the Infant/Toddler Credential, thus providing an increase in qualified teachers for ISBE Early Childhood programs.
A public hearing is scheduled for:
DATE: May 3, 2017
TIME: 2:00 PM Central Standard Time
LOCATION: Springfield, Room 511 Stratton Office Building, 401 S. Spring Street and via video-conference with Chicago - James R. Thompson Center, Suite 9-035.
The scheduled hearing will be canceled and a sole source contract will be awarded on that date unless an interested party submits a written request for public hearing by noon CST on April 28, 2017.
If a public hearing is requested, the purchasing agency shall present testimony justifying the procurement method. Any interested party may present testimony for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing will be to receive information from the public as to whether award by sole source is appropriate and in accordance with the Illinois Procurement Code. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. Hearing may be recorded in order to aid in the production of minutes. Parties may submit written comments in lieu of attending the hearing.
Interested parties wishing to submit comments or request a hearing must do so in writing and submit their request to the Notice Contact. Request for a public hearing by an interested party or written comments shall be made by noon on April 28, 2017 to the Notice Contact:
Dianne Richman, 714 Stratton Office Building, 401 S. Spring Street, Springfield, IL 62706,e-Mail: Dianne.Richman@illinois.gov, phone 217-670-9646.
When a hearing is requested by an interested party, a sole source contract may be awarded after the hearing is conducted, subject to review and written approval of the Chief Procurement Officer.