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Company behind school choice survey ignoring concerns?

Company behind school choice survey ignoring concerns?

By Matt Grant. CREATED Apr 11, 2012

FORT MYERS - The company behind Lee County's school choice survey is refusing to answer our questions or address the school board's concerns after one board said they were holding the district for "ransom."

A week ago Fox 4 told you Texas-based Gibson Consulting asked the district for $10,000 more to analyze the survey's hand-written responses.

That number was negotiated down to $6000 extra, a board member told us.

The district approved a contract with Gibson last year to design and administer the survey at a cost "not to exceed $112,754."

It will now cost taxpayers more than $118,000.

The school board approved giving Gibson the additional money but made it clear they weren't happy at last Tuesday's board meeting.

Board member Don Armstrong said he felt Gibson was holding the district for "ransom" saying the district should "never" do business with them again.

"I do not like supporting this company," said board member Jeanne Dozier, "because I feel like basically they are breaching a contract."

Fox 4 has called Gibson Consulting every day since our story first aired, sometimes multiple times a day.

A secretary confirmed the company's president has received our requests for comment but our calls have been ignored. 

Matt Grant