School City of East Chicago
Bylaws & Policies


It is the policy of the School Board that the Treasurer shall act as the purchasing agent for the Board.

The purchasing agent may make open market purchases of no more than $5,000 for a single item or a group of similar items.

The purchasing agent must seek at least three (3) price quotations on purchases of more than $5,000 but less than $10,000 except in cases of emergency or where materials are of such nature that price quotations would not result in a savings to the School Corporation.

The purchasing agent shall mail an invitation to quote at least seven (7) days before the time fixed for receiving quotes.

If the purchasing agent receives a satisfactory quote, s/he shall award a contract to the lowest responsible and responsive quoter for each line or class of items required. S/He may reject all quotes.

If the purchasing agent does not receive a quote from a responsible and responsive quoter s/he may purchase the items by following procedures for items costing under $5,000.

When the purchase of, and contract for, single items of supplies, materials, or equipment amounts to $75,000 or more, the Treasurer shall obtain competitive bids.

Bids shall be sealed and shall be opened by a committee designated by the purchasing agent. All orders or contracts shall be awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder.

For a bidder or quoter to be considered responsive, the proposal must respond to all bid specifications in all material respects and contain no irregularities or deviations from the bid specifications which would affect the amount of the bid or otherwise provide a competitive advantage.

For a bidder or quoter to be deemed responsible, the Board may request evidence from the bidder or quoter concerning:

 A.the experience (type of product or service being purchased, etc.) of the bidder or quoter;

 B.the financial condition;

 C.the conduct and performance on previous contracts (with the Corporation or other agencies);

 D.the bidder's facilities; skills;

 F.the ability to execute the contract properly.

The Board reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Contracts can be awarded by the Treasurer without Board approval for any single item or group of identical items costing less than $25,000. All other contracts require Board approval prior to purchase.

The Board shall be informed of the terms and conditions of all competitive bids and shall award contracts as a consequence of such bids.

The president and secretary of the Board are entitled, on behalf of the Board, to sign any contract. These contracts may include, but are not limited to, employment contracts and contracts for goods and services. However, each contract must be approved by a majority of the full Board. In the absence of the president or secretary, the vice president may sign the contract with the officer who is present.

Exceptions to the foregoing requirements may be permitted when purchasing from vendors who have been awarded State contracts or when purchasing from authorized State institutions.

All specifically identified purchases that are within a program, a function, and/or a line item and were originally contemplated in the budgeting process may be made upon authorization of the Treasurer.

The Board should be advised, for prior approval, of all purchases of equipment, materials, and services when the purchase was not contemplated during the budgeting process and exceeds the line item and/or function.

The purchasing agent is authorized to make emergency purchases, without prior approval, of those goods and/or services needed to keep the schools in operation.

Such purchases shall be brought to the Board for approval at the next regular meeting.

In order to promote efficiency and economy in the operation of the Corporation, the Board requires that the Treasurer periodically estimate requirements for standard items or classes of items and make quantity purchases on a bid basis to procure the lowest cost consistent with good quality.

Whenever storage facilities or other conditions make it impractical to receive total delivery at any one time, the total quantity to be shipped, but with staggered delivery dates, shall be made a part of the bid specifications.

Before the Treasurer places a purchase order, s/he shall check as to whether the proposed purchase is subject to bid, whether sufficient funds exist in the budget, and whether the material might be available elsewhere in the Corporation. All purchase orders shall be numbered consecutively.

In the interests of economy, fairness, and efficiency in its business dealings, the Board requires that: opportunity be provided to as many responsible suppliers as possible to do business with the School Corporation;

 B.a prompt and courteous reception, insofar as conditions permit, be given to all who call on legitimate business matters;

 C.where the requisitioner has recommended a supplier, the Treasurer may make alternate suggestions to the requisitioner if, in his/her judgment, better service, delivery, economy, or utility can be achieved by changing the proposed order;

 D.upon the placement of a purchase order, the Treasurer shall commit the expenditure against a specific line item to guard against the creation of liabilities in excess of appropriations;

 E.unless otherwise permitted by the purchasing agent, no purchase of supplies shall be allowed without a properly-signed purchase order. Employees shall be held personally responsible for anything purchased without a properly signed purchase order.

The Board may acquire by lease, by installment payments, by lease-purchase agreements, or by lease with an option to purchase provided the contract setting forth the terms of such a purchase shall not extend for a period of more than five (5) years.

During the current year provisions may be made in these agreements for renewal for the succeeding year, subject to appropriations being available.

I.C. 20-26-5-4, 20-26-4-6, 20-26-4-8
I.C. 5-22-2-6, 5-22-8-2, 5-22-8-3
I.C. 5-22-10-10

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