Kansas School Board Complains About No-Bid Purchase

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Friday, October 4, 2013

A Johnson County school district superintendent is coming under fire for spending almost a million dollars on wireless technology without taking bids or getting board approval.

The Kansas City Star reports that the district tried to return the equipment and start over. But the manufacturer told district officials that its 30-day window for returns closed a month ago.

The board was discussing the issue more Friday morning. But district spokesman Alvie Cater says officials have determined the board essentially has two options: Keep the equipment and pay for it, or don't keep the equipment and pay for it.

Superintendent Doug Sumner has declined to comment on the purchase, but Cater acknowledged a "misstep."

The De Soto school board requires that bids be taken if a product's cost exceeds $20,000.

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