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Bob Ferguson

AGO 1978 NO. 21 >

(1) Where the boards of directors of two or more public school districts have formed a joint purchasing agency, as authorized by RCW 28A.58.107(3), and that joint purchasing agency itself complies with the bidding requirements of RCW 28A.58.135 in so doing, the agency may then acquire and maintain an inventory of supplies from which the participating school districts may draw without also individually calling for bids as provided for in RCW 28A.58.135.   (2) A joint purchasing agency formed pursuant to RCW 28A.58.107(3) may also act as a purchasing agent for private schools within its general geographic area.   (3) Although a public school district may, alternatively, use the services of a purchasing agent which was not created pursuant to RCW 28A.58.107(3) to acquire supplies and materials, in that event either the district or its agent must comply with the bidding requirements of RCW 28A.58.135.