Does the central office or the individual schools and departments do the purchasing?
AACPS has both centralized and decentralized purchasing operations. Each school or department has separate purchasing authority for smaller items. If the purchase exceeds $1,000, then the purchasing office gets involved. Procurement credit cards with predetermined limits are also used throughout the organization by authorized personnel.
Category I: Less than $5,000 - Competition at the discretion of the buyer
Category II: $5,000 to $25,000 - Requires three quotes
Category III: More than $25,000 - Requires competitive bidding process