HARLINGEN — The Harlingen school board recently awarded contracts for materials to supply the new school year.
At this past week’s school board meeting, trustees approved the purchase of office supplies, testing materials, computer items and other necessities.
One of the items approved was the $550,000 contract for office supplies.
“Pricing was agreed upon for the 270 items to be held firm for the next year, being reviewed quarterly to make adjustments as necessary,” the agenda item read.
“The top 270 make up 90 percent of office supplies purchased annually by HCISD,” the statement continues. “From the top 270 items the lowest overall bidder was Office Depot.”
Gateway came in with the second lowest bid, and the board approved both businesses as the district’s primary vendors.
Another item approved by the board was $50,000 for armored car service, a yearly contract.
“When we pick up money from the campuses, we hire an armored car company to pick up the money,” said Shane Strubhart, spokesperson for the district.
Other items approved for purchase by the board were materials for State of Texas Academic Readiness (STAAR), computer and printer supplies such as ink, and agreements with food vendors.
Awards & Contracts
Armored Car Service: $50,000
STAAR testing materials: $50,000
Computer and Printer Supplies: $650,000
Office Supplies: $550,000
Local Groceries: $150,000
Library services and media: $58,000
Total expenditures: $1.6 million from the general fund