Authority to Purchase
Section: IV – Purchasing
Local Boards of Education are delegated authority by the North Carolina General Assembly to purchase goods and services and to enter into contracts. Therefore, school systems’ purchasing operations and procedures are controlled by North Carolina General Statutes. Areas not specifically addressed by the General Statutes are covered by local Board of Education procedures.The Department of Administration through the North Carolina Division of Purchase and Contract is charged with jurisdiction and control over the specifications and purchase of equipment, materials and supplies required by local Boards of Education with the exception of certain items such as textbooks and food.
Under the requirements of G.S. 115C-522, it is the duty of local Boards of Education to purchase or exchange all their supplies, equipment, and materials in accordance with contracts made by or with the approval of the Department of Administration. Public schools can, however, contract directly for any services they require.
The Purchasing Department is committed to: