FILE:  DJE

Cf:  DFK, DI, DJED

 

PURCHASING

 

 

All purchasing for the school system to be paid from Avoyelles Parish School Board funds shall be made by the Superintendent or his/her designee in conformance with regulations and procedures contained in the School Board’s Purchasing Manual and the laws pertinent to state and federal agencies.  Budget allocations for specific purposes shall constitute advance School Board approval for all purchases except in such cases as state law or School Board policy may require.  No debt shall be contracted in the name of the Avoyelles Parish School Board without action by the School Board, except those items which are provided for in the regular budget.  Purchases shall be made at the lowest possible cost to the school system consistent with the system specifications of quality and service.

 

Each principal shall assure that purchases by the individual school shall be made in accordance with regulations and procedures outlined in the Purchasing Manual.

 

No employee, officer or agent of the Avoyelles Parish School Board shall participate in the selection, award, or administration of a contract if a conflict of interest, real or apparent, would be involved.  The Avoyelles Parish School Board's employees shall neither solicit nor accept gratuities, favors or anything of monetary value from contractors, potential contractors, or parties to subagreements.

 

VENDORS

 

Vendors may set up an appointment to see the principal with written prior approval from the Superintendent.  The principal may present the information to the appropriate staff member.  If the staff member wishes to set up an appointment with the vendor to discuss products offered, he or she may do so.

 

FINANCING PURCHASES

 

The School Board may finance the purchase of equipment or other movable property to be used by the School Board by entering into an installment sale, lease, or similar agreement with any lender or other person.  Such agreement shall be subject to approval of the State Bond Commission in accordance with statutory provisions.  No individual school or employee shall obligate the School Board without proper school system personnel knowledge and approval.

 

QUALIFIED GROUP PURCHASING ORGANIZATIONS

 

A qualified group purchasing organization means an organization, whether for profit or not for profit, of which two (2) or more public school districts are members and which solicits proposals or bids from vendors of services, materials, equipment, or supplies of the type and nature as may be purchased by a public school district or public school.

 

The School Board may enter into an agreement with:  (A) one or more School Boards to form a qualified group purchasing organization; or (B) one or more qualified group purchasing organizations for the purchase of services, materials, equipment, and supplies, including installation thereof.  Any such agreement shall require that the qualified group purchasing organization submit a price list for those materials and supplies offered by it and that the prices quoted on the list remain in effect for a stated period of time of not less than three (3) months.  Any such price list shall be considered, for all purposes, to be a valid and binding bid by the qualified group purchasing organization during the effective period of the agreement, and no additional bid by the qualified group purchasing organization is necessary.

 

The School Board may purchase equipment from a qualified group purchasing organization if the price for such equipment is less than that for the same or substantially similar equipment on the state bid list.

 

SOLE SOURCE PROVIDER

 

The School Board may award a contract for the purchase of supplies, services, or major repairs without competition when the Superintendent or designated employee has determined, in writing, that there is only one source for the supply, service, or major repair item(s) to be acquired.  Pertinent procedures for purchasing such items from a sole source shall be as outlined in the State of Louisiana Office of State Purchasing's Purchasing Rules and Regulations.

 

USED OF STATE CONTRACT

 

If equipment, materials or supplies are available from a State of Louisiana Contract, the Superintendent and/or his/her designee may approve the purchase without using one of the purchasing procedures outlined in statutory provisions, if advantageous to the School Board.  The School Board may also piggyback, or purchase materials and supplies on valid contracts of other political subdivisions.

 

COMPETITIVE ONLINE SOLICITATION

 

The School Board may use a reverse auction or competitive online solicitation process on the Internet for the purchase of equipment, supplies, and other materials in lieu of the more formal bid process when the School Board’s procurement officer determines that the electronic bidding is more advantageous and in the best interests of the School Board.

 

Prior to the use of a competitive online solicitation process, the School Board may require that:

 

  1. Vendors register before opening dates and time, and as part of the registration, require that the vendors agree to any terms and conditions and other requirements of the solicitation.

  2. Vendors be prequalified prior to placing bids and allow only bidders who are prequalified to submit bids.

  3. The solicitation shall designate an opening date and time and the closing date and time.  The closing date and time may be fixed or remain open depending on the structure of the item being bid.

  4. At the opening date and time, the School Board shall begin accepting online bids and continue accepting bids until the bidding is officially closed.  Registered bidders shall be allowed to lower the price of their bid below the lowest bid posted on the Internet until the closing date and time.

  5. Bidders’ identities shall not be revealed during the bidding process; only the successively lower prices, ranks, scores, and related bid details shall be revealed.

  6. All bids shall be posted electronically and updated on a real-time basis.

  7. The School Board shall retain the right to cancel the solicitation if it determines that it is in the Board’s best interest.

  8. The School Board shall retain its existing authority to determine the criteria that will be used as a basis for making awards.

 

Adequate public notice for purchases using a reverse auction or competitive online solicitation process shall be given as follows:

 

  1. The advertisement or notice shall be published two (2) times in a newspaper in the locality, the first advertisement to appear at least fifteen (15) days before the opening date of the reverse auction.  In addition to the newspaper advertisement, the School Board may also publish an advertisement by electronic media available to the general public.

  2. The first publication of the advertisement shall not occur on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

 

Revised:  January, 2010

Revised:  January 3, 2012

Revised:  February 3, 2015

Revised:  November 1, 2016

 

 

Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§33:4712.7, 38:2211, 38:2212, 38:2212.1, 38:2214, 38:2218, 38:2219, 38:2271, 39:1551, 39:1552, 39:1553, 39:1554, 39:1554.1, 39:1556, 39:1557, 39:1558, 39:159739:1710

Board minutes, 1-26-10, 6-1-10, 9-7-10, 11-2-10, 1-3-12, 2-3-15, 11-1-16

 

Avoyelles Parish School Board