Department Head: Eston Skinner, Jr., Director Procurement Services
Procurement Services is dedicated to serving the students of Greenville County Schools. We are responsible for procuring all supplies, services and equipment for more than 66,000 students and 9000 staff members of Greenville County Schools.
Our mission is to provide all students and staff members with the highest quality materials and services in order to support academic achievement in a fiscally responsible manner.
The Board of Trustees of The School District of Greenville County and the Superintendent have delegated to the Procurement Department, the responsibility for the procurement of all equipment, materials, and services required to equip, maintain, and operate its schools, offices, and grounds. The responsibility for transfer of equipment between locations and disposal of surplus property has also been delegated to the Procurement Department
In order to ensure that the District will obtain the maximum value for each dollar expended and that all equipment, materials and services are procured in a systematic manner, the Procurement Department must employ selective competitive solicitation by qualified manufacturers and suppliers as stipulated by District and state requirements.
The goal of the Procurement Department is to ensure the best interest of the District's schools, offices, and departments are guaranteed through intelligent action and fair dealing.
All of the foregoing and what is outlined in the pages that follow is in accordance with the District's Procurement Code and Regulations which is substantially similar to the South Carolina Consolidated Procurement Code as approved by the South Carolina Legislature.
The District is required by Section 11-35-70 of the South Carolina Code of Laws to maintain and adhere to a Procurement Code and Regulations. This is because the District is spending public funds. Every three years the District is audited by the State Budget and Control Board to determine if the District is following its Procurement Code and Regulations.
Any product, service or any other expenditure of District funds must be processed in accordance with the Procurement Code. The level of competitive solicitations varies by dollar amount. Local funds are exempt from the competitive solicitation process.
Individuals shall not commit any District money before a Purchase Order is issued. Individuals that authorize material or services to be delivered or performed before a Purchase Order is issued, may be held responsible for the paying costs related to the commitment.
The District is statutorily required to follow competitive solicitation requirements as mandated by state law and Board policy when expending public funds. Contracts or special pricing offered by certain organizations such as U. S. Communities, The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) and The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) through various vendors cannot be accepted for District purchases. The “contracts” do not meet the requirements of the District’s Procurement Code and Regulations and any such prices offered cannot be substituted for prices that are competitively solicited by District personnel. Any questions regarding the use of pricing or contracts offered by these organizations should be directed to the Procurement Department at 355 -1279.