Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

 The Competitive Process

All purchases of goods or services for the District are to be made pursuant to one or the competitive purchasing methods, dependent upon the total dollar amount of the purchase, as set forth below unless a different purchasing procedure is required by: 

  • a state or federal law,
  • a Georgia Department of Education regulation,
  • an exception set forth in this Policy DJE, such as an emergency purchase or purchases made with procurement cards ("P-Cards"), or
  • another District policy, such as Policy FG, which governs Capital Project Procurements.
Purchases $0.00 to $3,499.99 - Sites may enter orders to any vendor of choice. The site should obtain one (1) quote and file at site.

Purchases $3,500.00 to $5,999.99 - Sites may enter orders to any vendor of choice. The site should obtain two (2) quotes and file at site.

Purchases $6,000.00 - $74,999.99 - Sites obtain one quote and the Purchasing Department secures two (2) additional quotes and places the order.  

Purchases $75,000.00 and above, which are not under contract, require a formal sealed Invitation to Bid (ITB) or Request for Proposal (RFP).  The District is required to post formal sealed solicitations to the Georgia Procurement Registry.

Some exceptions to the competitive process are listed below:

  • Sole Source 
  • Emergency Request for goods and/or service. 
  • Maintenance Agreements 
  • Continuation of Existing Obligation 
  • Additional Purchases at the Same Price 
  • Copyrighted Material 
  • Surplus Property 
  • Governmental Contracts 
  • Extenuating Circumstances​

Exceptions to the Competitive Process

The Purchasing Department recognizes the following situations which necessitate exceptions to full and open competition through competitive solicitation:

Sole/Single Source Purchase

A sole source may exist if the needed good or service is available from only one source.  In reviewing an item for sole status, care must be taken that specifications are not unnecessarily narrow.

Emergency Requirement

An exception may exist if the good or service is needed immediately to protect the health, welfare, or safety of students or staff, to continue the instructional program, or to protect school property.  In the case of a documented emergency as approved by the Director of Purchasing, a less competitive process may be used. (For example, if a sealed bid process would otherwise be required, three quotations, one quote, or other means may be used as determined by the Director of Purchasing.)

Governmental Contracts

Equipment, supplies, and services contracted for any local, state, or other governmental entity pursuant to that agency’s competitive procurement policies need not be bid by the school system.  Examples include the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS), General Services Administration (GSA), the City of Savannah, the County of Chatham, or other school District’s valid agreements.

Venues and Products for Student Activities for Elementary, Middle & High Schools 

The school shall solicit quotes from no less than three vendors (if available) for the purpose of awarding a contract to a vendor to supply yearbooks, rings, invitations, school pictures, and graduation pictures.  The principal shall appoint an advisory committee consisting of the president of the PTA or designee, the president of the student council or designee, and a member of the faculty to review the quotes and make a recommendation to the principal.  The principal shall submit a summary of the process and his/her final recommendation to the appropriate Associate Superintendent.  Upon approval of the Associate Superintendent, the principal will be authorized to sign the contract.  Each solicitation will be for a specified period of time, not to exceed three school years.  The Purchasing Department is available to provide technical advice on this process.  ​A copy of the signed contract should be forwarded to the Purchasing Department.

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