Purchasing and Central Services
The purchasing department is responsible for overseeing all purchasing activities for the district in accordance with all applicable Federal and State statutes and district regulations. The Purchasing Department strives to achieve the most economical, effective, and efficient acquisition of goods and services for the district. We are dedicated to supporting the activities of the district in the education of our students in a professional, transparent and courteous manner with impeccable integrity. Responsibilities of the Purchasing Department include purchasing and contracting for supplies, materials, equipment, and contractual services required by our schools and departments. In addition, the Purchasing Department oversees central services which include the warehouse, print shop, mail center, and elementary science center.
Purchasing regulation 704.2AR determines thresholds for competitive bidding and sets specific restrictions for procurement of supplies, materials, and equipment. Information on current Requests for Bid (RFB) is located on our district’s Proposals and Bids page.
Surplus Items for Public Sale or Auction
District 196 offers surplus items for public sale or auction using the national auction site Public Surplus. All items are sold "as is" and all sales are final. District 196 is not responsible for moving or delivering purchased items, and not responsible for the items once possession is taken by all winning bidders/buyers.
Warehouse and Distribution
District warehouse and distribution services include the receipt and delivery of items ordered from outside vendors, stocking and filling orders of food and supplies for the Food and Nutrition Services Department, receiving and filling requisitions for custodial and office supplies for the district’s departments and schools, storing and distributing district-adopted instructional materials and textbooks, and tagging of district fixed and controlled asset property.