Contracts - (31 Calendar Days)
Section 305 (14) (b) of
Education Law authorizes a board of education to award an emergency transportation
contract, without competitive bidding, for a period not to exceed one month.
Such contracts may be awarded in the case of an emergency arising out of an
accident or other unforeseen occurrence, where a board of education must take
immediate action which cannot await competitive bidding. The purpose of this
statutory provision is to give a board of education a one-month period in
which to advertise for competitive bids for a contract to cover the remainder
of the school year. Where possible, it is a good practice for the board of
education, before awarding an emergency contract, to adopt a resolution declaring
an emergency and setting forth the facts upon which the declaration is based.