Kaleida Looks For New Bid For Nurses

Representatives address buffalo school board

Matt Moran
June 20, 2018 - 8:31 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) -Kaleida Health made their appeal in front of the Buffalo School Board. They are fighting for their bid of kaleida nurses serving buffalo schools to be considered. 

The school board notified Kaleida in April that their bid was received late, more than three months after it was sent. This meant Kaleida was no longer being considered for a new contract. Now more than 70 nurses are without a school to care for.

"We're optimistic that at least the district mistakes that were made," Spokesman for Kaleida Michael Hughes said. "Our goal today is to make sure our questions that need to be answered are on the record. Our nurses deserve it, our staff deserves it, so we just want our voices to be heard."

Kaleida wants the bidding process to be reopened. The school board has already approved of a contract with another provider but Kaleida representatives says because the school board violated their own rules when it came to the bidding process. They deserve a second chance. 

"All we've asked for is a equal opportunity to bid on that contract," Hughes said. "Our belief is that we didn't have an equal shot."

No decision was made at the meeting. Hughes says they were told they should be receiving a response from the school board in five to seven days. 

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