Prerequisites
None

Credits
Seminar participants may earn 13.5 CPE credits or qualify for 13.5 PDPs

Cost
$300 Government and Non-profit employees
$450 All other attendees

Seminar Topics
This two-day seminar was developed to assist charter schools in satisfying the requirement (Section 11 of Chapter 46 of the Acts of 1997) that certain charter school administrators earn a Massachusetts public purchasing official certificate. Charter schools are subject to some state procurement laws, are exempt from others, and are always responsible for sound business practices and best value procurement. Efficient, effective, and ethical contracting practices are essential for charter schools working to achieve their goals and objectives in a cost-effective manner. This seminar concludes with an examination. The course includes the following topics:

  • Massachusetts procurement laws and Commonwealth charter schools
  • DESE expectations and recommended procurement practices
  • Overview of legal requirements for public contracts
  • Procuring supplies or services
  • Acquiring or disposing of real property
  • Legal requirements and best practices for procuring construction services