Mars School District technology provider files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

January 11, 2019 Cranberry Local News

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FILE PHOTO Officials from ITPS address the Mars School Board in September.

ADAMS TWP - The Mars School District's technology provider filed for bankruptcy this week, though officials said service will not be interrupted.

District Superintendent Wesley Shipley on Tuesday announced that the district's technology provider, Information Technology Procurement Sourcing (ITPS), had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week.

Shipley said the company has committed to providing services for the district, and has thus far supplied everything outlined in the contract. He added he has been researching other companies in case ITPS could no longer meet its obligations.

“If we find that ITPS is unable to meet our needs by the contract … we do have backup plans ready to go,” he said.

Tom King, district solicitor, said the district paid ITPS through Dec. 31, 2018, and did not take advantage of a discount offered for paying ahead. He said if the company can no longer provide the services outlined in the contract, the district would then seek approval in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Pittsburgh to terminate that contract.

However, he stressed that the company intends to provide the same services it had previously.

The district's contract with ITPS was a topic of debate last summer, when district residents took issue with King and board member William Pettigrew's relationship with the company.

King provided legal advice to the company in the past and Pettigrew served as a consultant. Both disclosed their relationships before discussions and abstained from matters involving the company.

Others questioned the company's stability, pointing to social media rumors, but provided no additional details. On several occasions, resident Bill Sommers questioned the board about ITPS and the company's financial situation as well as the bid process for securing the technology contracts.

During a September meeting, company officials, including CEO Dan Bunner, dismissed and challenged those accusations, saying the company was on stable financial ground.

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