, legal counsel for the Nebraska Association of School Boards
, said the vague manner in which the law is written gives school districts wide discretion.
I suppose the Legislature could have passed a list of detailed instructions , Bligh
said.As it is , there are no specific details about a bid process..
In the case of BPS
, the district's attorney , Dixon Adams , said he
interprets the law to mean that bids for construction jobs exceeding $40 , 000 do not necessarily have to be advertised in a newspaper or a trade journal.
Around here I've never seen it advertised in the paper , Adams said.
The Bellevue Board of Education does not lay out clear guidelines about when and where projects exceeding $40 , 000 are to be advertised.Rather , it typically leaves it up to each project's architect or engineer to decide when and where a project is advertised.
, from the association of school boards , said state law 73-106 applies only to a dozen or so school districts.He
said there are about 600 school districts in the state , and a vast majority will not have used this ( law ) in the last 25 years because most are small districts that can't afford construction jobs exceeding $40 , 000.He
said , however , when school boards do call him for advice on interpreting the law , he
generally offers the following advice :.
Do a mind experiment.Ask yourself , ‘What are the things that could come up.What are the critiques we could fall under?' Bligh said.He
said , again , that it falls upon individual districts to decide how to get the lowest prices on construction jobs.