The bill makes changes to state law regarding contracts for professional services, other than contracts for instructional services, entered into by school districts, including, for contracts for professional services of $100,000 or more, requiring:
- A cost-benefit analysis of contracting for the services rather than using district personnel to perform the services, to be completed prior to making a recommendation to contract for services;
- Competitive bidding for the contract;
- A review of all bids in a regularly scheduled school board meeting, unless a special meeting is authorized;
- The opportunity for affected employees to counter the competitive bid; and
- At least one public hearing conducted by the school district prior to soliciting bids to provide professional services and before entering into a contract for professional services.
The bill lists the types of professional services contracts to which the requirements apply and exempts small rural school districts from the requirements.
The bill also requires a contractor for a contract in any dollar amount to provide proof of liability insurance equivalent in amount and scope with that provided by the school district for the contracting activity. Further, a school district shall not enter into a contract for professional services with a contractor who has committed unfair labor practices within the 5 years preceding the date that bids are solicited. In addition, the school district shall not enter into a contract that takes effect prior to the expiration of an existing collective bargaining agreement concerning the employees impacted by the new contract. The contractor must offer available employee positions to the existing employees.