803.01 – Purchasing Policy

The Board supports economic development in Iowa. Purchases by the school district will be made in Iowa for Iowa goods and services from a  locally-owned business located within the school district or from an Iowa-based company that offers these goods or services if the cost and other considerations are relatively equal and they meet the required specifications.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to approve purchases, except those authorized by or requiring direct Board action.  The superintendent may coordinate and combine purchases with other governmental bodies to take advantage of volume price breaks.  Joint purchases with other political subdivisions will be considered in the purchase of equipment, accessories, or attachments with an estimated cost of $50,000 or more.

The superintendent shall have the authority to authorize purchases [see 803.2 Purchase Order] without competitive bids for goods and services costing under $10,000 without prior Board approval.  For goods and services costing more than $10,000 and less than $30,000, the superintendent shall receive quotes of the goods and services to be purchased prior to the approval of the Board.  Competitive sealed bids are required for purchases, other than emergency purchases, for goods and services that cost more than $30,000 including construction contracts and school buses.

Date of Adoption: July 1, 1996

Reviewed & Revised: February 7, 2005; January 18, 2010; September 19, 2011; June 20, 2016; September 19, 2011; June 27, 2016