Vista USD | BP 3300 Business and Noninstructional Operations
Expenditures And Purchases
The Board of Trustees recognizes its fiduciary responsibility to oversee the prudent expenditure of district funds. In order to best serve district interests, the Chief Business Officer or designee shall develop and maintain effective purchasing procedures that are consistent with sound financial controls and that ensure the district receives maximum value for items purchased. He/she shall ensure that records of expenditures and purchases are maintained in accordance with law and that all District obligations are encumbered against District budgeted funds.
The Chief Business Officer or designee may purchase supplies, materials, apparatus, equipment, and services up to the amounts specified in Public Contract Code 20111, beyond which a competitive bidding process is required. The Board shall not recognize obligations incurred contrary to Board policy and administrative regulations.
The Board shall review all transactions entered into by the Chief Business Officer or designee on behalf of the Board every 60 days. (Education Code 17605)
The Chief Business Officer or designee may authorize an expenditure which exceeds the budget classification allowance against which the expenditure is the proper charge only if an amount sufficient to cover the purchase is available in the budget for transfer by the Board.
District funds shall not be expended for the purchase of alcoholic beverages. (Education Code 32435)
Insofar as possible, goods and services purchased shall meet the needs of the person or department ordering them at the lowest price consistent with standard purchasing practices. Maintenance costs, replacement costs, and trade-in values shall be considered when determining the most economical purchase price. When price, fitness, and quality are equal, recycled products shall be preferred when procuring materials for use in district schools and buildings.
All purchases shall be made by formal contract or purchase order or shall be accompanied by a receipt. In order to eliminate the processing of numerous small purchase orders, the Chief Business Officer or designee may create a "blanket" or "open" purchase order system for the purchase of minor items as needed from a vendor. He/she shall ensure that the "open" purchase order system details a maximum purchase amount, the types of items that can be purchased under this order, the individuals authorized to approve purchases, and the expiration date of the "open" order.
17604 Delegation of powers to agents; approval or ratification of contracts by governing board
17605 Delegation of authority to purchase supplies and equipment
32435 Prohibited use of public funds, alcoholic beverages
35010 Control of district; prescription and enforcement of rules
35035 Powers and duties of superintendent
35160 Authority of governing boards
35250 Duty to keep certain records and reports
38083 Purchase of perishable foodstuffs and seasonal commodities
41010 Accounting system
41014 Requirement of budgetary accounting
PUBLIC CONTRACT CODE
3410 U.S. produce and processed foods
20111 Contracts over $50,000; contracts for construction; award to lowest responsible bidder
Maximizing School Board Governance: Fiscal Accountability, 2006
CSBA, Financial Services: http://www.csba.org/fs
California Association of School Business Officials: http://www.casbo.org
California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov
Policy VISTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: September 9, 2010 Vista, California