The Purchasing Dept. provides support for a variety of services within our district. Our site is designed to assist administrators, staff and teachers with procurement, budget requisitions, professional service contracts, as well as inventory control and disposal of surplus property. This site is designed to streamline and provide more efficient information and updates to Board of Ed. awarded bids and services. We have included a (FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions and Information Tab to provide you with answers, as well as some of the most commonly used forms.
Our objective is to provide assistance with the procurement of goods and services in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations at the best possible prices. We use a variety of bid distribution methods. Bid solicitations may be distributed directly from the Purchasing Department, or may be available on the Empire State Purchasing Group website.
In addition, this site also provides links to other cooperative bids and contracts for items and services available for our use.
This site is solely for use by administrators and staff, and we welcome your suggestions.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Confirming Purchase Orders are illegal under NYS municipal law. This is an order which is placed with a vendor for an item or service BEFORE a requisition is approved and converted into a Numbered Purchase Order signed by the District Purchasing Agent. All Confirmation orders must go through the 'Confirming Path'.
- Emergency Order: Emergency provisions pursuant to municipal law allow for the immediate purchase only when a delay would threaten the life, health, safety, property or welfare of the District, staff and students. The use of emergency orders is an exception used only when a true health/safety emergency arises, and must be indicated on the requisition explaining the emergency. The requisition must go through the 'Confirming Path" & the "Confirmation P.O. Form' must be electronically attached. It automatically goes to the Asst. Superintendent of District Operations for review.
- Requisitions: A requisition and purchase order schedule is provided at the beginning of each fiscal year. Requisitions are reviewed and converted into purchase orders weekly. If you have an immediate need, you must call purchasing in order to expedite your requisition. Please keep in mind that our auditor releases purchase order payments and checks bi-weekly.
- Clear Descriptions: of what you are ordering or the service you are requesting is required for auditing purposes. Requisitions with vague descriptions will be returned.
- Inventory Asset Form and tag(s) will be attached to your "stamped" receiving copy. Attach the tag and complete the form. Return the form with your signed receiving copy to accounts payable. They will forward your asset form to purchasing for input into our inventory system and then proceed to pay the vendor. The vendor will not be paid until the asset inventory form is completed & returned. See the 'Inventory" Tab for more information and forms.
- Reoccurring Items/Services: Professional services or reoccurring items that are on a bid or contract must be set up at the beginning of the school year on a "Internal Blanket" requisition for the year. This allows you to increase or decrease the blanket order according to your needs throughout the year and avoid having a confirming order. The con-tact-QC-þjd-u.jgj.ng-page must be attached to your Internal Blanket requisition.
- Service / Maintenance Agreements: All contracts and agreements must be approved and signed by the Board of Education. Contact the Superintendent's office to arrange for the contract/agreement to be put on a BOE agenda for approval. After it is approved and signed, send a copy of the contract/agreement along with your requisition to purchasing. The first line of your requisition must have the BOE approval date.
- Professional Services are specialized services requiring expertise, professional judgment and/or a high degree of creativity. Requisitions must have the BOE approval date & signed contract attached. This requirement includes non-profit organizations & human service contracts in which Parent choice is required. See the 'FAQ/lnformation' Tab for more details on professional services and agreements.
- Technology Standards: District purchasing standards have been established for computers, printers, peripherals, and audio visual equipment. These standards were developed to facilitate the ease of repairs and establish a uniform level of quality and manufacture. The types and manufacturer's of equipment to purchase can be ascertained from the Technology Department.
- Computers and related peripheral requisitions must go through the "Computer Equipment Path" or they will be returned disapproved.
- Software: Requests for educational software must be approved by the Director of Technology. The requisition must be coded to the State-Aided Software code A2630.460.01 0001. Non-educational software must also be approved by the Director of Technology, but should not be coded to the state-aided software code.
- Refreshment/Food Requisitions: A clear explanation of the activity and need must be provided on the requisition as per auditing regulations (i.e.: participants were not allowed to take their normal break, or cafeteria closed, or provided under guidelines of a grant- attach grant page to requisition) The requisition must go through the "Refreshment/Food Path" or it will be returned disapproved.
- Conference Attendance Forms for teachers are on-line at 'My Learning Plan'. All conferences and workshops that are off-campus must be approved via "My Learning Plan". The approved 'My Learning Plan' attendance form along with the conference or workshop registration & fee application must be attached to the requisition.
- Guest Speaker Form must be attached to your requisition. Please be sure to attach the appropriate form to your req. or we will not be able to process the requisition into a purchase order. See the 'Forms' Tab to download form.
- BOCES: At the beginning of the school year the District creates a BOCES blanket purchase order in which we pay all BOCES contracted services throughout the year. All BOCES orders must flow through this District Blanket Purchase Order. If you are ordering something that was not included in our original BOCES contract at the beginning of the school year, these are the steps you must take:
- If you are ordering something through Eastern Suffolk BOCES, you must submit a 'contract modification' form* for approval. The item you request will then be added to our contract. NO SEPARATE PURCHASE ORDER IS REQUIRED! *This form is available from the Asst. Superintendent of District Operations.
- If you are ordering something from a BOCES affiliate other than E. Suffolk BOCES, you must submit a 'cross-contract' form* for approval. The item will then be added to our contract. NO SEPARATE PURCHASE ORDER IS REQUIRED! *This form is available from the Assistant Superintendent of District Operations. Exception: The only time you should do a separate P.O. for BOCES is if the item will be charged to a grant, because we cannot get BOCES aid on grant items.
Frequently Asked Purchasing Questions
- Purchasing Cut-Off Dates: The school year runs from July 1st through June 30th . All general fund purchasing begins with the school year on July Requisitions for the school year are generally stopped in the early spring (Feb./March). Exceptions are granted for emergencies and federally funded orders which stop by the third week of the following August. This allows us time to process payments and essentially 'close our books' to prepare for our annual audit of all school accounts.
- IRS Form W-9 is required by law. Our financial software system requires that all vendors and individuals complete an IRS Form W-9 in order to assign a vendor # to that company or person. The W-9 form is kept on file and the vendor # allows a requisition to be typed. It does not indicate the company is an "approved vendor". Approved vendors are companies that hold a current bid or contract for the items or services they sell. See the 'Forms' Tab for W-9 and new vendor forms.
- When to use a Bid, Contract or Price Compare: As per NYS law, we must have a policy and process when using public funds to purchase items. If an item is not included in a bid or contract, a price comparison form or written quotes must be attached to the requisition. Our auditors will not allow a requisition to be processed without a current & valid Bid#, Contract# or price comparison form attached. See the 'Forms' Tab for price comparison form.
- What is a Sole Source Purchase: When it is clearly determined that there is only one vendor capable of providing a particular material or service. Our 'Sole Source Affidavit' Form is required from the vendor declaring that they are the sole provider, manufacturer or publisher, and the item or service is not available from any other source. The Sole Source Affidavit must be electronically attached to the requisition.
- Expenditures of $25.00 or less should be paid from petty cash funds. Petty cash should be used only when payment is required upon delivery. Deposits to the fund can not exceed payments from the fund as documented in the form of receipts, bills or invoices. The balance of a petty cash fund may not exceed $100.00.
- What is Green Cleaning: Longwood keeps getting Greener! We are committed to protecting the health and welfare of our students and staff. We have been working to reduce our carbon footprint as part of a comprehensive district-wide environmental program. This program involves teaching our students along with encompassing recycling to reduce waste in our buildings, purchasing non-toxic and recycled products, and pursuing energy efficient and alternative forms of lighting, heating and fuel. We strive for this program to serve as a catalyst to teach the principles of environmentally responsible behavior within our schools and the surrounding community. As of Sept. 1, 2006 all schools in NYS were prohibited from using any cleaning products that are not EPA certified as 'green'. Disinfectants and hand sanitizers may be used under certain health safety circumstances if approved by the Superintendent of Schools. We ask you to join us in Going-Green, and welcome any suggestions you may have to enhance this program!
- Finance Manager /nVision Help: The purchasing dept. & accounts payable dept. will try to guide users with problems and questions. At times it may be suggested that you contact the help desk of our financial software called 'Finance Manager', at 244-4280, 4222, 4291. They can assist in more complicated issues, answer your questions and walk you through all types of situations. Permission & access to Finance Manager / nVision must be approved by the Asst. Superintendent of District Operations. See the 'Forms' Tab to download form.
- Equipment is determined by the following criteria:
- Retains its original shape and appearance with use.
- Retains its identity by itself (is not a part inside, hidden or incorporated in another piece of equipment).
- It is non-expendable and less expensive to repair than replace.
- It represents an investment that makes it feasible to capitalize, generally with a cost of $250.00 or more. Items costing
- $1 ,000.00 or more (except electronic/computer items) are inventoried assets. Exceptions are 'walkable' items such as cameras, scientific calculators, printers and other small electronics. These items are determined on a case-by-case basis.
- When to Get Quotes: When an item or service is not on any bid or municipal contract, we must adhere to our board approved policy as per NYS municipal and education law.
Conference/Event Registration Procedures
When you register to attend a conference, field trip, event or meet:
- Give the secretary your Signed & Approved:
- My Learning Plan or 'Conference Request Form or 'Field Trip Request' Form
- Event/Conference/Meet Registration Form showing any Fees for the event from the sponsoring organization.
- A requisition will be submitted that day for any fees to the organization. If the meet involves student registrations and you do not know the exact number of students attending, we will send a blanket requisition to the organization for an estimated number of students.
- The secretary will input a requisition that day for a hotel (if applicable). A copy of the online hotel reservation # & cost must be given to the secretary. If the hotel is not in our system the secretary will need to ask the hotel for a W-9 so they can be made a vendor in our system. The secretary will input a blanket requisition that day for travel reimbursement to the person going on the conference for their travel expenses, including mileage, tolls, air, food & the cost of hotels outside of NYS.
Please Note: ALL OUT-OF-STATE conferences, field trips, meets, etc. MUST be approved by the Board of Education prior to registering!
When you make a hotel reservation provide:
Hotel reservation confirmation e-mail showing reservation # & cost per day.
MLP or 'Conference Request' Form or 'Field Trip Request' Form.
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For Hotels within N.Y.S. The secretary will contact the hotel to tell them we would like to send them a purchase order for your stay. She will fax the hotel a purchase order to the hotel as soon as it is processed.
For Hotels outside of N.Y.S. The secretary will contact the hotel and ask for a "PRO-FORMA" Invoice for the number of nights of your reservation.
When you Return from your Conference, Field Trip, Event or Meet:
The NEXT DAY you MUST BRING the hotel Check-Out Bill to the secretary so she can immediately submit it to accounts payable for payment!
Attach anv receipts for food. Food receipts MUST show items ordered (no alcoholic beverages),
charge card receipts showing total only will be disallowed.
Attach Proof of Attendance (ticket stubs, admission receipts, name tags, program, etc.)
Attach MapQuest to and from the School to the Event.
Attach any toll receipts.