Any contract may be negotiated or awarded for a Board of Education without public advertising for bids and bidding notwithstanding that the contract price will exceed the bid threshold when an emergency affecting the health or safety of occupants of school property requires the immediate delivery of goods or the performance of services.


An actual or imminent emergency must exist requiring the immediate delivery of the goods or the performance of the service.  Emergency contracts may not be used unless the need for the goods or services could not have been reasonably foreseen or the need for such goods or services has arisen notwithstanding a good faith effort on the school district to plan for the purchase of any goods or services required by the school district.  Under no circumstance shall emergency purchasing procedures be used to enter into a multi-year contract.


If the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary is satisfied that an emergency exists, he/she shall be authorized to award a contract or contracts for such purposes as may be necessary to respond to the emergent needs pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-7 et seq.


If conditions permit, the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary shall seek quotations from more than one source.  If the expenditures are expected to be in excess of the bid threshold, the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary shall attempt to obtain no fewer than three quotations.


As soon as possible, but within three days of declaring the emergency, the Superintendent of Schools shall notify the Executive County Superintendent of the nature of the emergency and the estimated need for goods or services necessary to respond to it.


When emergency conditions have eased, the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary shall utilize the regular purchasing system to obtain estimates from suppliers, vendors, and contractors for materials and/or services that will eliminate the circumstances that created the emergency.


The School Business Administrator/Board Secretary shall prepare and submit a final report to the Board on every occasion an emergency contract is negotiated or awarded in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-7.


N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-7

N.J.A.C. 5:34-6.1P6424 Emergency Contracts


Issued:  May 2008

Revised:  January 2015