Security at New Orleans Recovery schools proves to be expensive

June 25, 2007
Superintendent will seek to contain costs in next contract.

The Guidry Group, hired to provide security at Recovery District schools in New Orleans, will earn nearly $20 million for services provided during the just-completed school year. The duties included furnishing security--sometimes around the clock--at 22 operating schools, protecting vacant schools from looters and keeping watch over the contractors renovating buildings, among other things. Recovery School District Superintendent Paul Vallas says he will recommend that state officials extend the contract through July so the district can run a summer school program at a dozen sites. Vallas also will suggest offering Guidry a one-year contract starting Aug. 1, with a district security and safety chief to manage the firm and reduce costs.

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