This service provides districts with an efficient bid process and provides an effective method of cost containment. Cooperative Bidding frees district staff to perform other functions while BOCES staff members handle the bidding and related procurement process. The service includes preparing bid proposals; developing standard specifications for common items; gathering quantity estimates; preparing legal notices; awarding bids; communicating with vendors about problems and complaints; and coordinating the process with a users’ group.
The service currently provides cooperative bid services for cafeteria food and supplies, milk, bread, ice cream, snacks and chips, beverages, athletic supplies, custodial supplies, trash can liners, copy paper, tires, medical supplies, auto and bus parts, carbon monoxide detectors, laboratory and science teaching supplies, calculators, small wares and universal waste disposal. Prior bids have included Chevy Suburban vehicles, HVAC filters, lighting supplies and athletic uniforms.