Purchasing Overview

  • The JPS Purchasing Office is helping students achieve success by providing the necessary tools to succeed in the classroom. The office has two primary responsibilities.

    • Responsibility to all students, schools, and administrative departments for procuring the necessary items of supplies, furniture, and equipment, and services in the quality and quantity when they are needed.
    • Responsibility to the taxpayers for purchasing all approved items at the best possible value while providing adequate records to show that this was done legally according to prevailing laws and board policy.

    Ethics Statement

    As a governing agency, Jackson Public School District adheres to strict laws, rules, and ethical practices when purchasing goods and services. Jackson Public School District employees do not accept personal gifts from suppliers nor conduct purchasing transactions for personal benefit. It is a goal of our district to obtain maximum value for each dollar spent.

    Guidelines and Procedures

    As a governing authority, the JPS Purchasing Office operates under the procedures and guidelines as outlined in:

    • JPS School Board of Trustees Policy Handbook Section D — Fiscal Management
    • Public Purchasing Statutes as contained in Section 31-7-13 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, Amended
    • State Auditor's Office Handbook

    The Bidding Process

    • Open Market Purchases: Transaction cost of less than $5,000
    • Informal Bids: Transactions costing between $5,000 and $50,000
    • Formal Bids: Transactions costing over $50,000

    Approved Bids

    JPS Pledges to Put Jackson Businesses First

    Jackson Public Schools is committed to supporting businesses within the City of Jackson. We believe that our businesses are vital to the success of our students and our schools. We also believe that the District should strive where possible to acquire goods and professional services from qualified businesses within the City of Jackson. The District is not willing, however, to sacrifice quality or agree to noncompetitive terms or inflated pricing in its efforts to support Jackson businesses. In light of our desire to support Jackson businesses, we are pledging to put Jackson businesses first when acquiring goods and professional services.

Contact Information

  • 662 South President Street
    Jackson, MS 39201

    Bettie Jones, Coordinator,
    (601) 973-8582

    Jennifer Walker, Procurement Specialist,
    (601) 960-8799

Last Modified on May 8, 2020