Q&A: School board construction bids


From The News-Banner (Bluffton):

Q: The school board approved two construction projects. When would the records of the bids on those projects become available for inspection and copying?

A: It depends on which part of the state’s purchasing statutes was used to solicit the bids. Some processes require the bids to be opened at a public meeting, which means the documents should be available to the public immediately.

Some processes allow bids to be opened in a closed-door meeting so the governing body can negotiate a better deal with the bidders before making a selection.

In that case, the bid documents may be kept confidential until a decision is made about who will be awarded the contract.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.