The District conducts purchases using the purchase methods allowed under Texas Education Code, section 44.031 (a), as specified below. All contracts for the purchase of goods and services, except contracts for the purchase of produce or vehicle fuel, valued at $50,000 or more in the aggregate for each 12-month period shall be made by the method, of the following methods, that provides the best value to the District:
- Competitive bidding for services other than construction services;
- Competitive sealed proposals for services other than construction services;
- A request for proposals, for services other than construction services;
- An inter-local contract (e.g. purchasing cooperative contracts);
- A method provided by Chapter 2269, Government Code, for construction services;
- The reverse auction procedure as defined by Section 2155.062(d), Government Code; or
- The formation of a political subdivision corporation under section 304.001, Local Government Code.
Except as provided by this Texas Education Code, Chapter 44 Subchapter B, in determining to whom to award a contract, the District shall consider:
- The purchase price;
- The reputation of the vendor and of the vendor's good or services;
- The quality of the vendor's goods or services;
- The extent to which the goods or services meet with the District's needs;
- The vendor's past relationship with the District;
- The impact on the ability of the District to comply with laws and rules relating to historically underutilized businesses;
- The total long-term cost to the District to acquire the vendor's goods or services;
- For a contract for goods and services, other than goods and services related to telecommunications and information services, building construction and maintenance, or instructional materials, whether the vendor or the vendor's ultimate parent company or majority owner;
A. Has its principal place of business in this state; or
B. employs at least 500 persons in this state; and
- Any other relevant factor specifically listed in the request for bids or proposals.
The procurement of professional services as defined by Texas Government Code 2254 is done in accordance with that statute, and award is based on the most highly qualified offer.