It is Rockland BOCES’ goal to purchase competitively and to seek the maximum educational value for every dollar expended.
Competitive bids or quotations shall be solicited in connection with purchases pursuant to law. The General Municipal Law requires that purchase contracts for materials, equipment and supplies involving an estimated annual expenditure exceeding $20,000 and public work contracts involving an expenditure of more than $35,000 will be awarded only after responsible bids have been received in response to a public advertisement soliciting formal bids. Similar procurements to be made in a fiscal year will be grouped together for the purpose of determining whether a particular item must be bid.
Goods and services which are not required by law to be procured by Rockland BOCES through competitive bidding will be procured in a manner so as to ensure the prudent and economical use of public monies, in the best interests of the component districts and taxpayers, to facilitate the acquisition of goods and services of maximum quality at the lowest possible cost under the circumstances, and to guard against favoritism, improvidence, extravagance, fraud and corruption.
Opportunities shall be provided to all responsible suppliers to do business with Rockland BOCES. Suppliers whose place of business is situated within the BOCES region may be given preferential consideration only when bids or quotations on an item or service are identical as to price, quality and other factors. Purchases will be made through available cooperative BOCES bids, state contracts of the Office of General Services or county contracts whenever such purchases are in the best interests of Rockland BOCES.