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The Board of Trustees is committed to promoting public accountability and ensuring prudent use of public funds. When leasing, purchasing, or contracting for equipment, materials, supplies, or services for the district, including when contracting for public projects involving district facilities, the Board shall explore lawful opportunities to obtain the greatest possible value for its expenditure of public funds. When required by law, or if the Board determines that it is in the best interest of the district, such contracts shall be made using competitive bidding.

No work, project, service, or purchase shall be split or separated into smaller work orders or projects for the purpose of evading the legal requirements for competitive bidding. (Public Contract Code 20116)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish comprehensive bidding procedures for the district in accordance with law. The procedures shall include a process for advertising bids, instructions and timelines for submitting and opening bids, and other relevant requirements.

When calling for bids, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the bid specifications clearly describe in appropriate detail the quality, delivery, and service required and include all information which the district knows, or has in its possession, that is relevant to the work to be performed or that may impact the cost of performing the work.

Except as authorized by law, contracts shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder who shall give such security as the Board requires, or else all bids shall be rejected. (Public Contract Code 20111)

When the Board has determined that it is in the best interest of the district, the district may piggyback onto the contract of another public agency or corporation to lease or purchase any personal property to the extend authorized by law. (Public Contract Code 20118)

Legal Reference State Reference:


7056 General engineering contractor

7057 General building contractor


CCP. 446 Verification of pleadings


17070.10-17079.30 Leroy F. Greene School Facilities Act

17250.10-17250.55 Design-build contracts

17406 Lease-leaseback contract

17595 Purchases through Department of General Services

17602 Purchase of surplus property from federal agencies

38083 Purchase of perishable foodstuffs and seasonable commodities

38110-38120 Apparatus and supplies

39802 Transportation services


4217.10-4217.18 Energy conservation contracts

4330-4334 Preference for California-made materials

6252 Definition of public record

53060 Special services and advice

54201-54205 Purchase of supplies and equipment by local agencies

6252 Definition of public record


1102 Definition of Emergency

1103 Definition, responsible bidder

2000-2002 Responsive bidders

20101-20103.7 Public construction projects, requirements for bidding

20103.8 Award of contracts

20110-20118.4 Contracting by school districts

20189 Bidder's security, earthquake relief

22000-22045 Alternative procedures for public projects (UPCCAA)

22152 Recycled product procurement

3000-3010 Roofing projects

3400 Bid specifications

3410 United States produce and processed foods

4113 Prime contractor; subcontractor

6610 Bid visits

Management Resources Reference:


Los Angeles Unified School District v. Great American Insurance Co., (2010) 49 Cal.4th 739

Great West Contractors Inc. v. Irvine Unified School District, (2010) 187 Cal.App.4th 1425

Marshall v. Pasadena USD, (2004) 119 Cal.App.4th 1241

Konica Business Machines v. Regents of the University of California, (1988) 206

Cal.App.3d 449

City of Inglewood-Los Angeles County Civic Center Authority v. Superior Court,

(1972) 7 Cal.3d 861


89 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 1 (2006)


California Department of General Services:


California Department of Education:

California Association of School Business Officials:


adopted: August 19, 2010 Vista, California

revised: September 9, 2010

revised: February 5, 2014

revised: January 22, 2015

revised: March 5, 2020