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The purchasing of services, equipment, and supplies is centralized in the Purchasing Department under the direction of the Director of Purchasing. This authority has been delegated by the Board of Trustees who ultimately has the sole authority and responsibility for all purchase contracts of the district. ​

The primary responsibility of the Purchasing Department is to provide supplies, materials and services to be available at the correct time, in the proper quantity and place, with quality and cost consistent with the needs of the District. Purchasing has the responsibility for making the final determination of the source of supply, quantities, delivery schedule and price negotiation except where others are authorized to do so. The Purchasing Department will seek competitive pricing and protection against conflict of interest; ensure that purchases of materials and supplies that exceed statutory limits are through advertised bids approved by the Board. Purchasing shall comply with all the provisions of the California Education code, California Government Code, California Public Contract Code, and Board policy.

Purchasing strives to maintain an outstanding service orientation. We believe it is critical to serving the students, staff and faculty of the District. At the same time, the District has legal, fiscal, and moral responsibilities to follow statutes, regulations, and policies established with State law and the Board of Trustees. All purchases require prior approval through the established requisition/purchase order process. Items ordered without an authorized P.O. are not the responsibility of the District, whether or not they are school related materials.