Butler County Times Gazette
  • Kan. school board complains about no-bid purchase

  • 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.
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  • 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 (http://is.gd/weMdnw) 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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