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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • CORE set to lose Rolla License Office

  • After 20 years of operating the Rolla Licensing Fee Office, the Champions of Rolla Education (CORE) was notified in May by the state of Missouri that it had lost the management contract to License Office Services LLC in Jefferson City.
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  • After 20 years of operating the Rolla Licensing Fee Office, the Champions of Rolla Education (CORE) was notified in May by the state of Missouri that it had lost the management contract to License Office Services LLC in Jefferson City.
    All license office contracts in Missouri are awarded through a competitive bid process. License Office Services currently operates license fee offices in Carthage, Des Peres, Creve Coeur and Imperial.
    "This is a huge loss," said Tracy Phenix, member of the CORE Board of Directors.
    Over the years CORE has assisted in funding numerous educational activities and programs for each of the schools in the Rolla district.
    Monica Davis, principal of Rolla Middle School, said, “CORE has provided educational opportunities that students may not have had the chance to experience such as Elephant Rocks State Park, Leach Theatre, Science Center, St. Louis Zoo and the Missouri University of Science and Technology's experimental mine. These experiences provide a chance to develop learning through hands-on experience outside the classroom.”
    She added that the non-profit group has provided over $100,000 annually to the school district over the years.
    The office, located at 110 Fairgrounds Road, is one of three sources of CORE funding. The other two are individual and corporate memberships and a yearly fundraiser.  
    According to Joel Burken, CORE president, the bid proposal by License Office Service LLC has been reviewed and several discrepancies have shown up in regards to staffing, location and equipment.
    CORE has filed a formal protest with the Missouri's Office of Administration to either allow the current award stand or let the contract to be rebid.
    In light of this complaint, CORE's contract has been extended through the end of July. A decision should be made by then.
    Burken added, "If CORE loses the Rolla License Fee Office it will be a huge blow to funding very important enrichment opportunities in the Rolla Public Schools."
    In fiscal year 2013, more than 71,800 transactions were conducted at the Rolla office, generating $237,471 in agent processing fees. License Office Services' contract includes an annual commitment to return 2 percent (approximately $4,749) of future processing fees to the state.
    All local license offices are overseen by the Missouri Department of Revenue, but each is operated by an independent agent.
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