Selected purchases may be exempt from competitive procurement if they meet established criteria for a sole source purchase (the item is only available from one source):
• Identification and confirmation that competition in providing the item or product to be purchased is precluded by the existence of a patent, copyright, secret process or monopoly;
• A film, manuscript, or book;
• A utility service, including electricity, gas, or water; and
• A captive replacement part or component for equipment.
Sole source does not apply to mainframe data-processing equipment and peripheral attachments with a single item purchase price in excess of $15,000.
It is incumbent upon the district to obtain and retain documentation from the vendor which clearly delineates the reasons which qualify the purchase to be made on a sole source basis.