Calhoun ISD Guidelines for Purchased Services and Competitive Bids:
As a matter of business, ISDs enter into contracts to secure and provide services to their constituencies and customers. ISDs will seek the most cost effective means to provide the service, however, often times, services for a specialized product or service are available from only one source.
In addition, each year the State of Michigan Department of Education defines what expenditures for remodeling, procurement of supplies, materials, and equipment must be competitively bid by school districts. Sections 623a, 1267, and 1274 of the Revised School Code establish a base above which competitive bids must be obtained and provide for an increase in the base that corresponds with increases in the Consumer Price Index. For the 2011-12 fiscal year, all expenditures covered by Section 1267 that exceeded $21,825 and all expenditures covered under Sections 623a and 1274 that exceeded $21,825 were required to be competitively bid.
When an item is competitively bid, a Request for Proposal (CISD Board Policy #6320) is created that includes detailed bid specifications and deadline to submit a proposal. Proposal request forms are available in the Calhoun ISD School District Business Office and the RFP is advertised in the local newspaper and posted on the Calhoun ISD Bid website and, as required, on the State of Michigan Department of Management and Budget website.