BY EMILY MIBACH
Daily Post Staff Writer
The San Mateo County Community College District Board refused to vote on a new contract with the contractor that runs the gym at the College of San Mateo, with some board members saying they were frustrated that the administration did not do what it was told to do three months ago.
On March 11, board members told district administrators that they wanted a third-party to conduct an analysis of the district’s partnership with contractor EXOS and see if the gym could be run differently, or if EXOS is the best contractor for the job.
But despite those instructions, Vice Chancellor Tom Bauer came back to the board on Thursday with a one-year extension of the EXOS contract and no third-party analysis.
Bauer told the board that he had called some other gym operators and they said they weren’t interested in bidding for any new contracts because the fitness and gym industry is suffering greatly under the COVID-19 shutdown.
Board members Richard Holober and Maurice Goodman both asked why the third-party study wasn’t done, and why the new contract expanded EXOS role to running the gym that’s under construction at Canada College.
Bauer said last night that the board didn’t tell him that EXOS couldn’t run Canada’s gym, so he expanded the contract.
However, at the November meeting, the board had made it clear that it had not decided whether EXOS would run the Canada gym.
Ultimately, the board told Chancellor Mike Claire to bring back a short-term memorandum of understanding with EXOS that the board will vote on at its June 24 meeting so the gym and pool can have an operator once they reopen from the pandemic.