One at One: Boards of Education & Purchase Orders

Posted June 3, 2020

  • One at One: Boards of Education & Purchase Orders

Today’s Issue:

Can Boards of Education approve purchase orders after goods are received or after services are rendered?


No. Purchase Orders (POs) must be issued in advance. There is no legal basis for a “Confirming Purchase Order” prepared after the work is done. Fiscal Indicator DPR #15, effective July 1, 2018, provides that “[t]he district BOE approves POs approved by only the purchasing agent and issued in advance of goods received or services rendered and encumbered for the full contractual amount. There are no confirming orders.”


To Learn More about FPSCTT’s Education and School Law Practice, please contact:

Lester Taylor, Partner and Co-Chair
Christine Soto, Partner and Co-Chair
Afshan Ajmiri Giner, Senior Associate


This post is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.

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