Doing Business with MISD
Magnolia Independent School District is made up of around 13,000 students spread over 16 campuses. This includes 2 high schools, 2 junior high schools, 2 intermediates, 8 elementary schools, and 2 alternate schools. The District also employees over 1,700 employees.
Magnolia ISD is a political subdivision of the State of Texas, and operates under specific legal requirement for the procurement of goods and services. The District is a tax exempt entity, and will supply tax-exempt forms upon request to the Business Office.
The purpose of the Magnolia ISD Purchasing Department is to ensure the compliance of state, federal, and local laws in the procurement process. The main mission of the Purchasing Department is to educate staff throughout the District on the correct purchasing procedures. Campuses and departments are able to make the proper purchasing decisions by utilizing cooperative programs, district-wide contracts, and through frequent communication with the Purchasing Department.
All contracts exceeding $50,000 in value are either submitted to the Purchasing Department to complete the competitive sealed bid/proposal process, or procured through the use of a cooperative program all of which satisfy procurement needs through Texas Education Code 44.031. Any vendors interested in participating in the bid/RFP process should register through the Bonfire eBid platform located on the main Purchasing page. Registering on Bonfire does not constitute approval status as a District-approved vendor; this only allows vendors to bid/quote on current bid opportunities and be considered for award.
Any purchases between $25,000 and $50,000 must receive quotes from multiple vendors. Any vendors participating in the quote will need to follow the same procedures above.
Cooperative Purchasing Alliances
Magnolia ISD gives preference to the use of cooperative or state contracts where goods and services can be purchased at competitive prices. This is done to reduce administrative costs.
- EPIC6 (ESC VI)
- ESC XX
- Allied States Cooperative (ESC 19)
- TASB BuyBoard
- TIPS USA
- HCDE/Choice Partners
- E&I Cooperative
- School Purchasing Alliance
Visit the Cooperative Vendor List (Updated 2/5/2021) in order to find a vendor that has a contract with a Purchasing Cooperative that MISD is a member of.
All contracts based on bids or proposals are presented to the Board of Trustees prior to the issuance of a contract by the Purchasing Department. Meetings of the Board of Trustees are normally held on the second Monday of each month in the Board Room of the Celeste Graves Education Support Center at 31141 Nichols Sawmill, Magnolia, TX 77355. Those interested in attending these meetings should contact the District to verify the place and time of a specific meeting.