All goods and services shall be procured in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws and the procedures established by the senior finance administrator. Purchasing authority for the District shall be vested with the senior finance administrator. In addition to these requirements, the School Committee encourages vendor selections that will provide the highest quality of goods and services at the most reasonable price. District employees are to exercise great care to use impartial judgment when selecting vendors and to consider alternative vendors whenever possible. Employees are prohibited from accepting gifts from vendors at any time.

All goods and services must be ordered on Purchase Orders issued through the Business Office. Employees who procure goods and services without prior approval in the form of a Purchase Order signed by the senior finance administrator will be personally liable for payments sought by vendor for the procurement.

All contracts for goods and/or services issued on behalf of the District require the signature of the senior finance administrator or district employee as authorized by Massachusetts General Law.

Unauthorized personnel who sign contracts with vendors are personally responsible for fulfilling the terms and conditions set forth in those contracts.

LEGAL REFS: M.G.L. 7:22A; 7:22B; 30B; 71:49A


Adopted: January 31, 2013

Reviewed: September 12, 2018