In July 2016, Guilford County Schools released the results of a two-year, district-wide disparity study. The district in 2014 commissioned MGT of America to conduct a comprehensive disparity study to evaluate how well the district’s current policies promoted equal opportunity in awarding contracts or if a disparity existed in choosing Minority or Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE).
The study included analysis of data from the district and community, stakeholder interviews, focus groups, public hearings, in-depth interviews and a telephone survey. It found that while GCS did a better job of utilizing MWBEs than local private organizations (10 percent of prime contracts awarded versus 3.1 percent), there were additional strategies that could be used to increase participation by underutilized groups.
Researchers said GCS could support a community-wide culture shift of promoting small businesses and MWBEs by making a few changes, including filling the currently vacant Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) coordinator position.
The study cost GCS approximately $200,000.
Documents related to the study, including the final report, are listed below.