HOW TO CONTACT US Vendors can enter the School Board of Lake County's Purchasing website at: http://lake.k12.fl.us Contact us by Phone at: (352) 253-6759 Fax us at: (352) 742-8516 BIDDER APPLICATION To complete a bidder's application, or complete a bidder's application online please visit our website at: http://lake.k12.fl.us click on Departments & Programs then select Purchasing. Upon submission of your completed application, your firm will be placed in our Bidders Database and you will be notified of upcoming bids for the commodities and/or services that you have indicated your firm can provide. LAKE COUNTY SCHOOLS Leading our Children to Success Lake County Schools Purchasing Department 29529 CR 561 Tavares, Florida 32778 Phone: (352) 253-6759 Fax: (352) 742-8516 LAKE COUNTY SCHOOLS Leading our Children to Success PURCHASING DEPARTMENT Business Opportunities with the School Board of Lake County WHAT WE DO The Purchasing Department is responsible for the procurement of commodities and services, including construction contracting, and for the selection of architects, engineers, and land surveyors, as specified by state law, DOE regulations, and School Board policies for the School Board of Lake County. This includes all aspects of the purchase, from the receipt of a purchase requisition to the issuance of a purchase order or contract. The Purchasing Department's goal is to ensure that the Lake County taxpayers receive quality merchandise and services at the most competitive prices. We invite all businesses to participate in the Lake County Schools' purchasing process. PURCHASING CARDS The Lake County Schools' purchasing card program is designed to improve efficiency in processing low dollar purchases from any vendor that accepts a credit card. The purchasing card program will allow the cardholder to purchase approved commodities and services directly from vendors. JESSICA LUNSFORD ACT Level II screening is required of vendors under certain circumstances in accordance with the above act. Please see information provided on the Purchasing website. PROCUREMENTS The Lake County Schools' formal competitive bid threshold for services and commodities is $35,000, with an informal quote threshold of $10,500. Formal Bids The Purchasing Department will post the bid documents on our website. A Bid Announcement will be emailed to vendors listed in our Bidders Database under the commodity codes pertaining to that bid. In addition, the Purchasing Department will advertise the bid in the Florida Bid Reporting Service for one week. Addenda to bid requests will also be posted on the website. It is the responsibility of the bidder to check this site for any addenda before submitting their proposal. Sealed bids will be publicly opened and recorded at the time and place designated in the bid documents. Award Recommendations and tabulations will be posted on the website. Informal Quotes Purchases that fall in this category may either require a minimum of three written quotes or verbal quotes, dependent upon the dollar level of the purchase. The Request for Quotes may be issued by either the Purchasing Department or by the department or school requesting the goods or services. WEBSITE http://lake.k12.fl.us Our goal is to provide our customers with a user-friendly and easily accessible source of information, 24 hours per day. We are committed to continually improving and expanding our web site and bringing you more of the information you seek in the near future. Currently we have the following categories available for Internet users: > Active Bids/Contracts > Bid Opportunities > Bidder Application > Contacts / Directions > Jessica Lunsford information > Prequalified Contractors > Purchasing Policies > Websites of interest All documents are posted as either PDF files (requires an Adobe Acrobat Reader to open) and/or in a Microsoft(c) Word form (allows the form to be downloaded to the users' computer and completed prior to printing).