Bids To Buy Law Enforcement HS Punished for Not Following Rules

BIDS TO BUY LAW ENFORCEMENT HS PUNISHED FOR NOT FOLLOWING RULES HISD gave a unanimous no today to those competing bids from nearby St. Thomas High School and developer AV Dickson Street to buy the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice in Magnolia Grove. Apparently, the reason the offers for the 11-acre campus at 4701 Dickson St. were rejected had less to do with the numbers than with HISD’s preferred S.O.P.: “[T]he board’s attorney, David Thompson, stated immediately afterward that both bidders had violated the district’s ‘code of silence’ policy, which prohibits communication between trustees and those with pending business before them.” Superintendent Terry Grier tells the Houston Chronicle that the building will be going right back on the market: “Hopefully if we do that, the bidders will take our ethics policy seriously.” [Houston Chronicle; previously on Swamplot] Photo: HISD

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  • Oh SNAP! Maybe we’ll bid. I can keep my mouth shut..


  • So, can they bid on it again? Or through another entity?

  • Code of Silence! There is a joke in here somewhere….All bidders are required to keep quiet so Larry Marshall is not able to take bribes on the construction contracts! is the best I can do right now.

  • @ Cody
    Is it sad that the first thing I also thought of when I read ole’ Terry’s comments was “Oh Snap!”?
    I really liked 2003.

  • Bags of hair!

  • Since when did the the HISD board worry about ethics?

  • I can’t believe they shutterdown!!!

  • How do I get my hands on this jumbo package?!?

  • schissher reference made my day!

  • HISD, you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in these comments is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  • Just read on that both St Thomas and AV Dickson representatives were never given any documents that stated this policy and both were surprised of its existence.

  • @12 – Funny, I found it within less than a minute on HISD’s website. It’s even called the “Code of Silence.” (not to mention just being a pretty intuitive requirement)


  • Bid failed?

    David Yeager, please come to the main office.

  • Maybe Hisd wanted higher bids and declined. Or maybe they didn’t want STH to have the property. when does the bidding start again ?

  • –Sounds like they basically found a technicality to use as an excuse to re-open the bidding. Bids were so close in number, they basically wanted to see if they could get more for it. Honestly if this is the way they want to conduct business, should just auction it.

    –Cincinnati auctioned 10-20 schools on last year and did pretty well.

    –As a St. Thomas grad always thought St. Thomas was a natural buyer for this location. Would have to check the tax records, but think that the school used to own this land as well as the land where the apartments are next door. Sold it for the cash back in the day.

    –I’m sure the existing student body is wondering/hoping this paves the way for some form of Co-Ed…

  • It sounds like the HISD board is saying the members are so offended by the “violation” and so nobody can have their property. There are only two possible explanations for this:

    1.) there is an ulterior motive that was left unsaid;

    2.) the board is sanctimonious, self-righteous, supercilious, fickle, hypersensitive and should probably be replaced by one that resolutely stands firm for the good of HISD.

  • @TMB, the HISD building looks to have been there since 1926, according to while St. Thomas bought their land later. I don’t think HISD bought the land from STHS.