Office of Purchasing
Frequently Asked Questions
- My company does business with the County Government.
Does this mean that I'm approved as a vendor for the school
No. The county government, the county libraries, and the
school system each have separate purchasing offices and
approved bidders. We encourage you to call:
- County Government - Purchasing Bureau
- County Libraries - Purchasing
- I want to do business with the schools. Should I visit
each school? New vendors to the school system should
begin with the Office of Purchasing. We will assist you
in reaching the proper party to discuss the product/service
you wish to offer to BCPS. The regulations of the Board
of Education of Baltimore County require that purchases
be made through established contracts which are coordinated
by the Office of Purchasing.
- I have new information about a product. How can I obtain
the mailing addresses of the schools? Mailing to the
schools may not reach the decision maker. Purchasing receives
product recommendations from various sources, i.e., curriculum
staff, school administrators, department heads. To ensure
the proper attention is given to your product, begin your
efforts with the Office of Purchasing for assistance in
speaking or meeting with the proper party
- Do you have contracts for my service/product?
The Office of Purchasing issues over three hundred bids
a year for the most commonly used products and services.
Contact Purchasing for information on existing contracts
or to receive a copy of the previous bid.
- Does the school system use other agencies' contracts?
Yes. The school system often uses State, County Government,
or other contract sources (e.g., Baltimore Metropolitan
Council, other school districts, etc.) as a source for products
- How can I determine if my prices are competitive?
The Purchasing staff invites you to schedule an appointment
to examine the actual proposals submitted from a previous
bid cycle for the products or services you wish to offer
to the school system.
For additional questions please e-mail BCPSPurchasing@bcps.org