FILE:  DJE

Cf:  BE, DIA, DJED

 

PURCHASING

 

 

All purchasing for the school system to be paid from Plaquemines Parish School Board funds shall be made by the Superintendent or his/her designee in conformance with existing regulations and procedures of the School Board 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 Plaquemines 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 developed by the Superintendent and staff.

 

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

 

VENDORS

 

The Plaquemines Parish School Board shall seek business and bids from all eligible vendors, regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, age or handicap.  No favoritism shall be extended to any vendor.  Each order shall be placed on the basis of quality, price and delivery; past services being a factor if all other considerations are equal.

 

No person officially connected with or employed by the Plaquemines Parish School Board shall be an agent for, or have any pecuniary or beneficial interest in or receive any compensation or reward from any vendor for the sale of supplies, materials, equipment, services or public works contracts.

 

Suppliers of goods and services are important to the school system.  No employee of the Plaquemines Parish School Board shall solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, anything of economic value as a gift or gratuity from any vendor representative or agent of a vendor, or a prospective vendor or contractor.

 

As far as possible the School Board shall regularly purchase products manufactured, grown, produced or harvested from the state land or waters which are of equal quality to such items produced outside the state, provided the cost of state products does not exceed by more than the statutory percentage the cost of out-of-state products or as otherwise provided by state law.  Such products shall be limited to those allowed by state law.

 

State preference shall be given to vendors, providing the cost of such products does not exceed five percent (5%) of the lowest quoted price.  State preference/vendor is defined as any business with a physical facility located in the parish, out of which it either sells equipment or supplies or provides services to the customer.

 

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.

 

SCHOOL DISTRICT PURCHASING COOPERATIVE

 

The School Board, as a member, may participate in a school district purchasing cooperative for the purchase of services, materials, equipment, and supplies.

 

In accordance with solicitations, bids, or proposals put forth by the school district purchasing cooperative, the School Board may purchase services, equipment, materials, and supplies at the prices selected by the cooperative.

 

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.

 

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 School 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.

 

CREDIT CARDS

 

The School Board may authorize the use of credit cards or procurement cards by authorized personnel to facilitate the purchase of School Board materials or supplies.  Only personnel employed by the School Board and authorized by the School Board shall be permitted to use any charge card in the name of the Plaquemines Parish School Board.  No personal usage of any card shall be permitted.

 

Each person authorized by the School Board shall be issued a credit card in the name of the Plaquemines Parish School Board and shall have his/her name and/or picture placed on the issued card, if permitted.  Once received, the card(s) shall remain in the possession of the employee/cardholder and he/she shall be held accountable for the card’s usage.  Documentation (purchase order and/or itemized receipt) shall be required for all purchases, credits or transactions for which the card is used.

 

The usage of any card issued shall be in accordance with the regulations and procedures outlined by the Superintendent and staff, which shall include at a minimum, the following:

 

  1. An accounting code shall be assigned to each cardholder.

  2. Each credit card shall be secured and in locked storage when not in use.

  3. All purchases made with a credit card shall be restricted to limited amounts as set by the School Board.  Itemized transactions receipts from the vendor must be obtained and submitted to the business office.

  4. Designated School Board personnel shall be responsible for monitoring all charges, the number and amount of purchases, vendors used, as well as detailed transaction information.

  5. State and local sales taxes shall not be charged on any card purchases.

  6. Misuse of any School Board credit card may result in discipline and/or personal liability for dishonored, erroneous, or improper charges.

 

Gasoline or Fuel

 

Purchases of gasoline or fuel by credit cards shall be documented with receipt submitted to the business office as soon as practicable following purchase.  Documentation of the purchase shall include, at a minimum, vehicle number description, vehicle odometer reading, number of gallons purchased, price per gallon, and signature of person filling vehicle. 

 

Revised:  April, 2010 Revised:  December 5, 2011
Adopted:  November 1, 2010 Revised:  February 9, 2015

 

 

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, 12-5-11, 2-9-15

 

Plaquemines Parish School Board