Buy Local In One School District

Buy local policy in the language of a proposed purchasing policy of the Plattsmouth School District. The pending policy addition was passed on first reading by the Plattsmouth Board of Education this week. There are typically two readings to a policy. Changes can still be made before it is adopted. The next reading will be at the February meeting.

The Cassgram reports the policy as now proposed: “The following guidelines shall be followed for all purchases made with District funds (general fund, activity fund, fundraising money, etc.), to the extent that they do not conflict with local, state, and federal laws. All food purchases for conferences, meetings, workshops, etc. shall be made from businesses located within the boundaries of the District. All other purchases (products and services) shall be made from businesses located within the boundaries of the District, unless one or more of the following items are documented and submitted with a purchase order.

a. A similar product or service (of comparable quality) is not available from a Plattsmouth business.

b. A similar product or service may be obtained from a business located outside the boundaries of the District with a cost savings greater than 20% and a local business has been contacted and will not match the identified price. Calculation of cost savings shall include shipping, staff time (salary and benefits) and travel expenses.

“The guidelines also apply to employees that purchase items and are seeking reimbursement. If employees purchase items with their personal money and do not follow Policy 3180, they will NOT be reimbursed for the purchase.”

Superintendent Dr. Rich Hasty said the philosophy behind the policy is “to keep supporting those businesses that support the district.” Although there are occasions where help comes from outside the district, it is usually the case that when donations of money, products, services or discounts are needed for school-related activities or events, local businesses are contacted first and assist, he said, and this proposed policy will help those businesses by keeping school purchases as local as possible.

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