Politically connected company gets $40,000 Paterson schools contract to conduct ‘personnel audit’ | Paterson Times

Politically connected company gets $40,000 Paterson schools contract to conduct ‘personnel audit’


A politically connected company that has worked for key Democratic Party politicians, including assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, received a $40,000 contract from the Paterson Public Schools to conduct a “personnel audit.”

Thorough Planning LLC was awarded the contract by the school board on Wednesday night. School board members approved the contract in a 7-0-1 vote. Longtime school board member Jonathan Hodges abstained from the vote.

School board members did not discuss the work the company will be doing at the public meeting. Thorough Planning will be doing a “qualified independent” assessment of “current staffing levels and needs across all Central Office departments,” according to the award resolution.

“This is something the Board wanted done in preparation for next year’s budget. They wish to have an outside agency come in and review all human resources procedures and personnel and make recommendations,” said Paul Brubaker, spokesman for the Paterson Public Schools. “The hope is by using an outside agency, the recommendations will be based on more unbiased opinions. They will be presenting a final report which will assist the Board in making decisions as to staffing needs, human resources policies, protocols, etc.”

The district issued a request for quotation (RFQ) to four companies, but received just a single proposal from Thorough Planning, according to district records.

Thorough Planning’s website states the company’s past and present clients include Friends of Benjie E. Wimberly, Menendez for Senate, Booker for Senate, New Jersey Senate Majority PAC, Mapp for Mayor – Plainfield, and Friends of Verlina Reynolds Jackson.

Thorough Planning LLC is owned by Gerard M. Balmir and T. Missy Balmir.

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  • MarquinhoGaucho

    Pigs feeding at the trough. Even Corey Teague voted for this debacle..

  • HankMorgan

    No sooner is the district returned to local control and given an influx of cash than is this corrupt administration up to their old tricks.
    It never changes.

    • Justice Forall

      You’re absolutely right, very succinctly put. And, you can be assured not one Administration or Cabinet position will be found to be superfluous.

  • john craze

    Dr. Hodges is the only Commissioner worth keeping on this Board of Education! Everything voted on is tied to someone politically.

    • Truth Serum


  • Truth Serum

    Another bogus contract. How does being a political operative qualify you as an expert in human resources? I guess it doesn't matter when one of the partners in the company is best friends with the Board of Ed's chief attorney!


    Move along nothing to see here! Keep voting for them!