By Robert Brauchle
March 16, 2015
Reporter Ryan Murphy began 2014 with a tip that Isle of Wight County Schools may have skirted federal regulations in the construction of the new Georgie D. Tyler Middle School.
Using the state Freedom of Information Act to access copies of contracts, emails and bid documents, the Daily Press Isle of Wight County beat reporter found that the school division had omitted wage standards from the construction contract that are required under the federal Davis-Bacon Act. The effect was to lower the cost of construction by underpaying local workers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“I spent a couple of months digging into the documents and digging into legislation to figure out exactly what had happened,” Murphy said.
Murphy worked with school administrators to get the documents he needed.