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Kansas Bus Purchasing Program

The voluntary Kansas Bus Purchasing Program is designed to assist Kansas Unified School Districts and Interlocal Cooperative Agreements in purchasing a quality bus at a competitive price. On a bi-annual basis the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will issue an Invitation to Bid. Once the bids are received KDOT will forward them to the Kansas Department of Education for review and award recommendation. Once an award recommendation is received KDOT will award the contracts. Kansas Unified School Districts and Interlocal Cooperative Agreements will be able to electronically access and compare the contract pricing received from each vendor on available base bus specifications and their individualized bus configurations of choice.

Neither KDOT nor the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) can guarantee that the buses actually supplied will meet the base bus specifications. Dealers, by bidding in the program, have agreed to meet all base bus specifications as stipulated in the Invitation for Bid, and as detailed in the bus procurement software program, so please be sure to review all bus specification details with each vendor prior to placing an order. When comparing prices between dealers, please be cognizant of options marked with notes and/or comments. If you have questions contact the vendor for clarification.

While the Kansas Bus Purchasing Program strives to provide for all bus configurations, no program of this size, scope, and complexity can cover every possible eventuality. Therefore, the program requires you to VALIDATE your bus design with your selected dealer(s) BEFORE you go to your Board of Education for purchasing authorization. It is easier to verify first rather than having to go back to the Board with “adjustments.” We cannot stress this validation step strongly enough!

Please also remember that in order to meet statutory competitive bid requirements for the purchase of a bus exceeding $20,000; you will need to compare prices based on your individual bus configuration from each vendor. If not awarding to the low bid meeting your specifications you will need to document the justification for awarding your order to other than the low bid. While this contract establishes contract pricing, low bid for each individual bus configuration is established through the comparison of prices received from all vendors.

The bid calls for completed bus prices to be Freight On Board (FOB) your school district delivery site. The school district should understand that additional charges may be incurred if the ordered bus is not accepted on the agreed-upon delivery date. Requesting a later delivery date may cause delays in delivery time. The bid calls for all buses to meet current National School Transportation Specifications and Procedures, all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS's), and all applicable State and Federal Laws.

The current Kansas Bus Purchasing Program contract will be open for use by Kansas Unified School Districts and Interlocal Cooperative Agreements starting August 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015.

Click Here to Enter the Program
https://kansas.cooppurchase.com/

Kansas Bus Purchasing Program
INFORMATION & HELP DOCUMENTS

          
Vendor Invitation to Bid November 14, 2014                     Front Engine Transit Specifications         
Building a Bus Step by Step Instructions                                Rear Engine Transit Specifications
Cloning a Bus for Vendor Review Light Conventional Specifications
Conventional Bus Specifications Bus Specifications November 14, 2014
Type A and AII Bus Specifications Vendors Contact Information
Stock Buses Frequently Asked Questions
Midwest Transit Clarifications



New & Used Bus Vendors

The following is a partial list of School Bus Vendors who service Kansas School Districts.

American Bus Sales
American Bus Sales

Blue Bird Bus
Kansas Truck Equipment Company, Inc.

Collins Bus
Masters Transportation

IC Bus
Midwest Transit Equipment, Inc.

National Bus Sales
National Bus Sales

Thomas Bus
Midwest Bus Sales, Inc.

School Vehicles

State Vehicle Contract Bid Numbers are: 39706 & 39707

http://www.da.ks.gov/purch/Contracts/

Enter one of the contract numbers in the "Search by Contract Number" window.

Click on Master Contract and when the word document comes up you will need to click on the link half way down the first page "Special Provisions, Contractor listing and Pricing located at the following link." after reaching this link  you will need to scroll down to EVT0003264 and click on that link. This will give you the list of dealer, vehicles, specifications and prices.

For any questions, please contact the contract administrator:
John T Lowe
785-296-3126
john.lowe@da.ks.gov

Selling Used Buses

The Kansas Department of Administration, Office of Facilities and Procurement Management currently has a procurement contract for Auctioneer Services with Purple Wave to provide on-line auction services.  School Districts are eligible to use this contract service to sell their used school buses.  For more information contact:

C.E. McKee
Purple Wave
785-537-5057
ce@purplewave.com

More Information:

Kansas Procurement Contract Detail

Purple Wave Government Services

Additional Information

Per K.S.A. 72-6760, no expenditure involving an amount greater than $20,000 for construction, reconstruction or remodeling or for the purchase of materials, goods or wares shall be made by the board of education of any school district except upon sealed proposals, and to the lowest responsible bidder.

KSDE Finance Team Competitive Bidding Guidelines (PDF)

Kansas School Districts can use State of Kansas contracts for purchases as an alternative to going through the competitive bidding process.  All State procurement contracts can be viewed on-line at the Kansas Department of Administration, Office of Facilities and Procurement Management website.

School Bus Safety Director
Keith Dreiling
785-296-4567
785-296-6659 (fax)
kdreiling@ksde.org

School Bus Safety Assistant Director
Dennis Tate
785-296-4545
dtate@ksde.org

Questions about this page contact:
Wilma Crabtree
785-296-3551
wcrabtree@ksde.org

Deb Romine
785-296-3570
dromine@ksde.org

 

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