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Every school district in South Carolina, regardless of its size or the amount of its annual budget or expenditures, is a “political subdivision,” as that term is used in the Consolidated Procurement Code. S.C. Code Ann. § 11-35-310(24). As discussed below, large school districts are subject to the specific requirements of Section 11-35-5340. Other school districts, like all political subdivisions, are subject to the more general rule imposed by Section 11-35-5320, which requires the adoption of procedures “embodying sound principles of appropriately competitive procurement . . ..”

School districts should also consult Section 59-19-93 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, that requires a school district to adopt a procurement code or have its funding suspended.

Under Section 11-35-5340, any school district whose budget of total expenditures exceeds $75,000,000 annually is subject to the Consolidated Procurement Code, unless the district has its own procurement code which is, in the written opinion of Procurement Services, substantially similar to the provisions of the South Carolina Consolidated Procurement Code.

  • Details regarding the above referenced laws appear in Section 11-35-5340 and Regulation 19-445.3000. The procurement laws are available here.
  • Attached please find various authorities regarding when Section 11-35-5340 applies.
  • Also attached is our Audit Program for School Districts.

For instructions on how to submit the 2021 school district model procurement code for approval or to see a list of approved codes, click on one of the following links:

To obtain audit firm approval, you must provide Procurement Services with the following:

1. Name of the audit firm;
2. The entire potential period of the audit contract, not just the current engagement period; and
3. A requirement by your District that the firm will conduct the audit using the audit program published by the State Fiscal Accountability Authority.