Purchasing | Kevin Startt, Director | 1010 E. Tenth St., Tucson, AZ 85719 | (520) 225-6080
Bid Opportunities: http://www.azpurchasing.org/

Vendor Information

All competitive sealed solicitations issued by the Tucson Unified School District Purchasing Department are posted on www.AZPurchasing.org. TUSD's official bidders list will be maintained by AZ Purchasing. We encourage you to enroll with AZ Purchasing to ensure your access to competitive sealed solicitations from TUSD.

To register, please go to the following website and follow the instructions: www.AZPurchasing.org

AZ Purchasing

If you are already a member of AZ Purchasing, please make sure your contact information is up to date.

This vendor information is posted to familiarize individuals and businesses with TUSD Governing Board Policy #DJ, Purchasing Procedures (in PDF). It is intended to be a general guide only. You may obtain additional information by calling the TUSD Purchasing Department at (520) 225-6080.

Basic purchasing policies of the TUSD Governing Board

Policies and procedures used by TUSD shall be consistent with the Arizona Department of Education School District Procurement Rules and appropriate sections of the Arizona Revised Statues.

Policies and procedures will be designed to obtain maximum benefit for the educational mission of the Tucson Unified School District.

Policies and procedures will be designed to promote the active participation of qualified vendors, and will provide for fair, open and nondiscriminatory competition.

Conflict of interest of any kind will not be tolerated.

Some important points:

Documents related to a TUSD purchase generally must be available for public inspection. However, a vendor may request that information be considered confidential or proprietary. Upon receipt of a request, TUSD will review the information and notify the vendor as to whether it will remain confidential or be available for public inspection after award of a contract.

A vendor who provides a set of specifications for TUSD to use in a procurement does not jeopardize its eligibility to compete for the procurement.

Bid, performance and payment security may be required for some purchases. The acceptable form of security is generally a surety bond issued by a company licensed to do business in Arizona. Security requirements are listed in the invitation for bid or request for proposals, when applicable.

TUSD is authorized to inspect a vendor's plant, and/or audit its records, when this is deemed necessary to ensure contract performance.

Purchase orders signed by authorized District officials represent valid procurement contracts for TUSD. Vendors should not accept orders for materials, services or construction without first receiving a properly issued purchase order.

TUSD participates in cooperative purchasing, utilizing another public procurement contract, when it is advantageous to the District. Our most common use of cooperative purchasing is through the State of Arizona and the Mohave Educational Services Cooperative.

We trust this provides the general information needed to begin doing business with TUSD. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We encourage your participation in our procurement, and look forward to a positive and productive partnership that supports the education of children in our community.


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