DeKalb County School District


.org link icon Carla L. Smith [ ], Purchasing Manager
678.676.0283 (fax)

1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard
Stone Mountain, GA  30083

The Purchasing department is responsible for the day-to-day management of procurement for products and services and produces and issues purchase orders for both capital improvement projects and products and services. The department procures a variety of materials, supplies, equipment, and services, which are necessary for efficient operation of the school system.

Our mission—as stated in opens in new window icon Board of Education Policy DJE [ ]—is "to establish policies [and procedures] for sound fiscal management of the district in the area of procurement. Professionalism is maintained through industry-standard memberships in and continuing education from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. (NIGP), the Governmental Purchasing Association of Georgia (GPAG), the Institute of Supply Management, Inc. (ISM), and the State of Georgia Public Purchasing Certification Council.

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District funds shall not be committed or spent unless there is an approved budget item and available funds in the appropriate account. Further, all purchases must be supported by advance written authorization on all required levels via purchase order or VISA credit card. Vendors are cautioned not to accept and process requests without a valid DeKalb County School District purchase order or VISA credit card authorization.

Hours and Appointments

The Purchasing department operates between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Appointments are preferred and allow us to research and prepare for meetings. Please contact us at 678.676.0007 to make an appointment.

Illegal Immigration Reform & Enforcement Act

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011 (House Bill 87) requires DeKalb County School District to have contractors, subcontractors and sub-subcontractors who provide "physical performance of services" to complete the forms below.

"How to Pursue Business with the DeKalb County School District" Annual Seminar

As an outreach effort to the vendor community, DeKalb County Schools hosts an open vendor seminar each fall to

  • explain procurement policies and procedures;
  • introduce administrators heading various internal departments;
  • answer questions from vendors regarding procurement policies and procedures; and
  • meet vendors and prospective vendors (as time permits).
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The annual seminar occurs in the fall—additional details will be released when they become available.