SPPS Competitive Bid Process

How to Submit Competitive Bids/Proposals

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    Each invitation to bid is posted on our website. If you download documents, you must check the posting prior to the due date to ensure you are informed of any addenda, that need to be addressed by your bid/proposal. Failure to do so may result in a rejection of your bid/proposal.  

    Construction projects and the associated bidding documents, plans & specifications, and drawings are posted and linked to our official printer, ARC Central (4730 Park Glen Rd, St. Louis Park, MN 55416).
    Phone: 952/697-8800; Fax: 952/697-8803; Email: www.e-arc.com

    All invitations to bid posted on our website include:

    1. Date, time and place the bid is due
    2. General requirements and conditions
    3. Detailed specifications
    4. Pre-bid/proposal meetings
      1. If pre-bid/proposal meetings are part of the process, they may be mandatory
      2. These are an opportunity discuss the specifications and ask any questions necessary to fully prepare the bid/proposal


    Bid/Proposal Basics

    • Bids must be delivered according to instructions
    • Late bids will not be accepted
    • In the event of inclement weather, or other unforseen closure to District facilities, the opening of bids will be delayed until the next fully operational day available.  The bid opening time will remain the same time of day as originally scheduled.
    • Brand names and model numbers may be utilized in the bid specifications as a way of communicating the district's minimal requirements
      • This should not prevent the use of alternates, however, all deviations must be stated in the bid document or the bidder will be required to supply the item completely as specified
      • All alternates must meet or exceed the specifications



    All questions pertaining to bid specifications must be presented in writing to the Purchasing & Contract Services Department. This ensures that all vendors receive the same information. Purchasing & Contract Services is not responsible for information provided by other departments or contractors.

    For construction bids, all questions or requests for plans, specifications or clarification need to be submitted to the A&E firm managing that project.

Bid Evaluation

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    It is the intent of the SPPS Purchasing & Contract Services Department to obtain the best quality materials at the lowest prices possible, as allowed by Minnesota Statutes Section 123B.52 and Section 16C.28.

Bid Award Notification

  • Award icon. The SPPS Purchasing & Contract Services Department will issue all official bid award notifications. Award notifications from any other department or staff member of the district may not provide correct information.

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Invoices and Payment Terms

  • Papers in green. By law, the school district has 35 days after receipt of an invoice to present payment. It is the intent of the school district to pay all invoices as promptly as possible; however, by accepting an SPPS purchase order, you have agreed to the 35 day payment policy.

    All invoices are submitted to the SPPS Accounts Payable Department.

Insurance Requirements

  • Checklist - blue. Successful Bidders Must Submit a Certificate of Insurance After Award

    The immunity of the owner shall not be a defense from the insurance carrier. The selected vendor is required to supply an insurance certificate naming SPPS as an additional insured, prior to the start of the project. 

    Bonding and Insurance Requirements for Contracted Services

    All vendors submitting proposals for contracted service work must comply with the following American Institute of Architects (AIA) and SPPS requirements: 

    Proposals that do not comply with these requirements will not be considered.

    Bonding Requirements If Construction Is Involved

    Within ten (10) calendar days after notice of award of the contract, vendors must provide one of the following:

    • A bid bond from a reliable surety company licensed to do business in the State of Minnesota, in the amount not less than five percent (5%) of the total maximum bid price, payable without recourse to St. Paul Public Schools
    • A cashier's check or certified check for the same amount, as a guarantee that the bidder will enter into a contract and execute a payment and performance bond on any or all projects $50,000 or above
Last Modified on March 11, 2020