HCPSS MPIA Request #2022-016

Asra Nomani
Parents Defending Education
Requested Information
I am requesting the following information:
- Contracts, purchase orders and agreements the school district has had with Akoben LLC.
- A list of outside vendors and educational consultants the district has used since Jan. 1, 2021, through the date of this request, in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion and the contracts, purchase orders and agreements for these vendors.
- Information about where your vendor information can be viewed, including any online databases.
Date Received
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, outside the vendor payment database provided below, for reference, our purchasing/RFP process can be found online at: https://purchasing.hcpss.org/about, with contracts over $25,000 approved publically by our Board of Education at meetings under Bids and Contract reports, which can be searched by meeting date or keyword here: https://go.boarddocs.com/mabe/hcpssmd/Board.nsf/Public#. Under a prior MPIA response we indicated the school system does not have a contract-specific database, but provided a report of purchase order entries from our Accounting system since FY17: https://mpia.hcpss.org/requests/2020-420.

Responsive Documents
HCPSS Purchase Orders for Akoben, LLC – per clarification you were seeking such records since 2015, this includes issued purchase orders within our Accounting system since FY2015 where the vendor was Akoben, LLC or Abdul-Malik Muhammad doing business as this company. Under MPIA GP § 4-311, which prevents disclosure of personnel records of an individual, employee identification numbers have been redacted.
An additional record located by Department of Special Education staff in their search for agreements/description of services that go along with the Purchase Orders above for 2019-2020.

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