Purchases and Contracts
The Superintendent shall manage the District’s purchases and
contracts in accordance with State law, the standards set forth in this
policy, and other applicable Board of Education policies.
Standards for Purchasing and Contracting
The Superintendent shall develop procedures that will allow the
purchase of good quality products and services at the lowest cost, with
consideration for service, quality, and delivery promptness, and in
compliance with State law.
Adoption of the annual budget authorizes the Superintendent or a
designee to purchase budgeted supplies, equipment, and services,
provided that State law is followed. (No purchase or contract shall be
made or entered into as a result of favoritism, extravagance, fraud, or
When presenting a contract or purchase for Board approval, the
Superintendent or designee shall ensure that it complies with applicable
State law, including but not limited to, those specified below:
- Supplies, materials, or work involving an expenditure in excess of
$25,000 must comply with the State law bidding procedure, 105 ILCS
5/10-20.21, unless specifically exempted.
- Guaranteed energy savings must comply with 105 ILCS 5/19b-1 et Seq.
- Third party non-instructional services must comply with 105 ILCS 5/10-22.34c.
- Goods and services that are intended to generate revenue and other
remunerations for the District in excess of $1,000, including without
limitation vending machine contracts, sports and other attire, class
rings, and photographic services, must comply with 105 ILCS 5/10-20.21.
The Superintendent or designee shall keep a record of: (1) each vendor,
product, or service provided, (2) the actual net revenue and
non-monetary remuneration from each contract or agreement, and (3) how
the revenue was used and to whom the non-monetary remuneration was
distributed. The Superintendent or designee shall report this
information to the Board of Education by completing the necessary forms
that must be attached to the District’s annual budget.
- The purchase of paper products must comply with 105 ILCS 5/10-29.19c and Board policy 4:70, Energy Conservation.
The Superintendent or designee shall manage the execution of District
contracts, including: (1) complying with requirements concerning
listing certain expenditures in the Annual Statement of Affairs, (2)
listing on the District's website all contracts in excess of $25,000 and
any contracts with an exclusive bargaining representative, and (3)
monitoring the discharge of contracts, contractors' performances, and
the quality and value of services or products being provided.
Specifications For Goods and Services
The Superintendent or Superintendent's designee shall be responsible
for product specifications. Said specifications shall be written in a
manner that will minimize vendor misinterpretation and yet be in the
vernacular of the trade.
Specifications will be sufficiently broad to permit competition while
retaining the desired level of quality, and evaluation will include the
- Quality of product
- Suitability of product
- Conformance with specification
- Convenience of delivery
- General reputation of business firms
- Prior experience with the School District
Change Order Authorization
A Change Order Authorization form shall be included with each change
order presented to the Board of Education for approval. If the Change
Order exceeds $10,000 or modifies the projected completion date by 30
days or more, following Board authorization, a copy of the form shall be
signed by the Board President and Board Secretary and then filed in a
permanent Change Order file by the Secretary of the Board of Education.
Adopted: April 20, 1998
Revised: January 20, 2009
Revised: September 26, 2011