Kan. school board complains about no-bid purchase

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DE SOTO, Kan. (AP) — A Johnson County school district superintendent is coming under fire for spending almost a million dollars on wireless technology without taking bids or getting board approval.

The Kansas City Star (http://is.gd/weMdnw) reports that the district tried to return the equipment and start over. But the manufacturer told district officials that its 30-day window for returns closed a month ago.

The board was discussing the issue more Friday morning. But district spokesman Alvie Cater says officials have determined the board essentially has two options: Keep the equipment and pay for it, or don’t keep the equipment and pay for it.

Superintendent Doug Sumner has declined to comment on the purchase, but Cater acknowledged a “misstep.”

The De Soto school board requires that bids be taken if a product’s cost exceeds $20,000.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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