San Diego Unified’s Business Outreach Team Recognized by Veterans Group

Mission Bay High School, one of many district campuses where Prop. S and Z monies are being spent. Photo: SDUSD

San Diego Unified School District’s Business Outreach team has been recognized for its work with disabled-veteran-owned businesses, according to an announcement Thursday.

The Veterans in Business Network awarded the district its “Above and Beyond ‘Oscar Mike’ Award” during its recent inaugural national conference.

The district’s Business Outreach team works with small companies to develop and submit bids on district construction projects funded by Propositions S and Z. These companies include minority-, women-, and disabled-veteran-owned business enterprises, according to district officials.

Designed to fund repairs, renovations and revitalizations of district schools, Prop. S is a $2.1 billion bond measure approved by San Diego voters in 2008, and Prop. Z is a $2.8 billion bond measure approved by the voters in 2012.

To-date, the district has awarded more than $56 million to disabled-veteran-owned businesses under the propositions’ construction program, according to district officials.

“Veterans make unimaginable sacrifices for all of us,” said SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten. “As they return home, they absolutely deserve every effort to ensure they successfully integrate into civilian life. The work of the district’s Business Outreach office, working with and recruiting disabled-veteran-owned businesses into the district’s bond program, is so critical to ensuring businesses owned by local disabled-veterans can thrive. I am incredibly proud of our Business Outreach team for these efforts.”

For more information about the Business Outreach program, visit https://www.sandiegounified.org/business-outreach.

–Staff