The Rio Hondo Community College District Board of Trustees has adopted a centralized purchasing concept whereby the District will endeavor to obtain the optimal combination of quality, price and delivery in the procurement of goods or services. The Board of Trustees has adopted policies and procedures to meet these policy goals.
This general information is published in compliance with Sections 54202 and 54204 of the California Government Code. The Rio Hondo Purchasing philosophy is to maintain the public trust by incorporating the highest ethical standards and best value in the procurement process for the maximum benefit of students, faculty and staff. The Rio Hondo College procurement professionals use their expertise to ensure that all transactions meet legal requirements, district policies, and industry best practices.
Under the law, the Board of Trustees has the ultimate responsibility for purchases and contracts of the District. The Board of Trustees, in accordance with Education Code Section 81656, delegates authority to the Superintendent/President who authorizes the Director of Contract Management and Vendor Services to purchase supplies, materials, apparatus, equipment, and services involving expenditures by the District up to, but not to exceed limits in accordance with Public Contract Code (PCC) 20651 et. seq. All contracts entered into by such designate shall be approved, or ratified by the Board of Trustees, as evidenced by a motion duly passed and adopted.
Becoming a Merchant
Individual merchants who have items or services to sell, literature to distribute, or who wish to post publicity on campus must first get approval from the Office of Student Life & Leadership.
Becoming a Vendor
Companies interested in becoming a vendor for Rio Hondo College will apply with the office of Contract Management and Vendor Services.
Solicitations for Bids
Formal advertised bids or Requests for Proposals are required for equipment, supplies, and services exceeding the limits established in Education Code 20651 (including applicable sales tax) or for construction exceeding $15,000. This is handled by the office of Contract Management and Vendor Services.