Vendor Award Criteria
Texas Education Code 44.031 states that in determining contract awards to vendors, the district shall consider:
1) The purchase price
2) The reputation of the vendor and of the vendor’s goods and services
3) The quality of the vendor’s goods or services
4) The extent to which the goods or services meet the district’s needs
5) The vendor’s past relationship with the district
6) The impact on the ability of the district to comply with laws and rules relating to historically underutilized businesses
7) The total long-term cost to the district to acquire the vendor’s goods or services
8) For a contract for goods and services, other than goods and services related to telecommunications and information services, building construction and maintenance, or instructional materials, whether the vendor or the vendor's ultimate parent company or majority owner:
(A) has its principal place of business in this state; or
(B) employs at least 500 persons in this state; and
9) Any other relevant factor specifically listed in the request for bids or proposals
Under previous law, the district could consider any of these criteria; however, HB 273 enacted by the 80th Legislature now requires a district to consider all 8 criteria effective for contracts entered into on or after June 16, 2007.
It is important to note that under Section 44.035, Texas Education Code, the district must publish in the request for bids, proposals, or qualifications for construction services the criteria that will be used to evaluate the offerors and relative weights given to the criteria.