Policy 902.07

Bids and Awards for Construction Contracts

Public, competitive sealed bids are required for construction projects, including renovation and repair, with a cost exceeding $40,000. This does not apply to the acquisition of existing buildings, purchase of new sites or site expansions by the district. The sealed bids shall be opened in public on the date and hour as advertised. The board at its discretion may use a construction management at risk construction delivery process or a design build construction process in accordance with the Nebraska Schools Construction Alternatives Act.

The award of construction contracts will, generally, be made to the lowest responsible bidder. The board, in its discretion, after considering factors relating to the construction, including, but not limited to, the cost of the construction, availability of service and/or repair, completion date, and any other factors deemed relevant by the board, may choose a bid other than the lowest bid. Resident bidders of the state of Nebraska may be given preference over nonresident bidders in some instances according to state statutes. The board shall have the right to reject any or all bids, or any part of the bids, to waive informalities, and to enter into the contract or contracts deemed to be in the best interests of the school district.

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation accompanied by supportive reasoning to the board for construction contract bids.

Legal Reference:
Neb. Statute 73-101 et seq.

Approved: January 13, 2006
Revised: September 11, 2006