• The Houston Independent School District has launched a new series of videos to help explain different aspects of the 2012 bond program that will renovate, replace or rebuild 40 schools across the city.

    The short videos, designed for both web and TV, cover topics such as procurement and insurance on bond projects, as well as the benefits of building schools that are environmentally sustainable. The goal is to give viewers a quick snapshot into how the district is moving forward with its $1.89 billion building plan.

    Alexis Licata, Officer, Business Logistics & Purchasing of HISD's Office of Supplier Diversity, discusses how the district is trying to increase Supplier Diversity with its program for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses.

    "We want to assist Minority and/or Women Businesses [in obtaining] contracts," Licata says in the video. "Whether that's obtaining as a prime supplier with HISD or obtaining business as a subcontractor to do business with HISD."

    HISD aims to provide equal access to procurement opportunities for all qualified vendors and suppliers, including M/WBEs. Additionally, the district's Purchasing Department helps companies navigate the process of doing business with HISD.

    Other video topics include insurance and bonding, the planning and design of new schools, and green building.