Our bid process and contracting procedures meet most state bidding laws with sealed bids and published standards

Stringent standards set apart successful purchasing cooperatives because public agencies want to make sure that their own local policies for procurement are being met. That’s why KPN follows the best practices for bidding and procurement, not only those spelled out in state laws, but through national associations and local boards.

Three words describe KPN’s approach: impartial, competitive, and transparent.

The process starts with clear specifications. The opportunity to bid is offered, not only in required legal advertising, but in other public notices through email, websites, associations, and social media.

Bidding is competitive with requirements for all vendor bids to be sealed and delivered on time to the contracting agency.

KPN is a program of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, a political jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Bidding and awards are made under the authority granted by state law and under the local jurisdiction of the CSIU Board of Directors.

Bid are opened and read in public in front of witnesses for added transparency.

Bid evaluation criteria are published within each set of bid documents, and awards are made to the lowest responsive, responsible bidders.

For the purpose of leveraging volume and to achieve lower prices, KPN often cooperates with the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies (AEPA), a group of 26 state cooperatives that jointly solicit bids, but make local awards.

See a list of KPN contracts that run the gamut from consumable commodities to public works contracts for flooring, roofing, and athletic surfaces.

Jeff Kimball has been the leader and innovator of KPN since 1987. As director of cooperative purchasing for the CSIU, Jeff has overseen the growth of KPN from a regional cooperative to a national cooperative. He is active in the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials and has been a thought leader in procurement with the Association of School Business Officials International. In addition, he was a founding member of the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies, which has now grown to include 26 state cooperative agencies. He serves on the board of directors of AEPA and also heads the association’s nationwide bidding initiatives. Closer to home, Jeff is also active in his community, serving with volunteer stints for local events and the Kiwanis Club.

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