3600 – Business – Consultants – Contract Process

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Adopted – 7/16/1998
Revised – 9/20/2018

The Governing Board authorizes the use of consultants to provide expert professional advice or specialized technical or training services which are not needed on a continuing basis and which cannot be provided by District staff because of limitations of time, experience or knowledge. Individuals, firms or organizations employed as consultants may assist management with decisions and/or project development related to financial, economic, accounting, engineering, legal, administrative, instructional or other matters.

As part of the contract process, the Superintendent or designee shall determine, in accordance with Internal Revenue Service guidelines, that the consultant is properly classified as an independent contractor. District employees who perform extra-duty consultant services shall not be retained as independent contractors. They shall be considered employees for all purposes, even if the additional services are not related to their regular duties.

All consultant contracts shall be approved by the Superintendent or designee. All contracts shall be brought to the Board for approval. Contracts may be approved by the Superintendent or designee, on an emergency basis, followed by Board ratification.

The District shall not contract for consulting services that can be performed without charge by a public agency or official unless these services are unavailable from the public source for reasons beyond the District’s control.

All qualified firms or resource persons shall be accorded equal opportunity for consultant contracts regardless of race, creed, color, gender, national or ethnic origin, age or disability.

Legal Reference:
10400-10407 Cooperative improvement programs
17596 Limit on continuing contracts
35010 Control of Districts; prescription and enforcement of rules
35172(a) Promotional activities
35204 Contract with attorney
44925 Part-time readers employed as independent contractors
45103 Classified services in Districts not incorporating the merit system
45103.5 Contracts for food service consulting services
45134-45135 Employment of retired classified employee
45256 Merit system Districts; classified service; positions established for professional experts on a temporary basis
53060 Contract for special services and advice
Management Resources:
15-A Employer’s Supplemental Tax Guide

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