Purchasing Office

Welcome to Portsmouth Public Schools’ (PPS) Purchasing Office.  Purchasing is responsible for the procurement of all supplies, materials, equipment and contractual services required by the school division.  We would like to welcome all interested vendors to our school division!

Pen_Check   PPS procurement procedures are conducted in accordance with the Virginia Public Procurement Act (VPPA) and School Board policies.  Under the current School Board policies, up to $1,000 can be spent using the school division's Purchasing Card.  Schools and departments are authorized to purchase goods and services up to $15,000.  Only one quote is required for purchases up to $5,000, and three quotes are required for purchases between $5,001 and $15,000.  All purchase requests over $15,000 are conducted by the PPS Purchasing Office and are posted on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s electronic procurement system (eVA).  

Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) Program and Policy

In 2012, the City of Portsmouth School Board approved and adopted an M/WBE Program Policy designed to provide M/WBEs equal access to PPS contract opportunities; increase awareness of the PPS M/WBE Program; and adjust PPS procurement procedures and guidelines to increase the potential for M/WBE participation.  This policy, in conjunction with the Virginia Public Procurement Act and other School Board policies, allows PPS to ensure the taxpayers and families of Portsmouth City are provided with the highest quality of goods and services at a reasonable cost and ensure all procurement procedures are conducted in a fair and impartial manner. 

hand shakeThe Purchasing Office conducts the daily administration of the PPS M/WBE program, on behalf of the School Board, and ensures all PPS staff members are compliant with said policy and are aware of the policy’s requirements and responsibilities.  PPS recognizes vendor certifications from the Virginia Small Business Diversity Department (SBSD, formerly VDMBE), and the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), and the Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Develoment Council (CVMSDC).  All minority and/or women-owned businesses are encouraged to become certified as an M/WBE through one of these organizations.  PPS does not conduct certification of vendors.  For more information regarding PPS purchasing and the PPS M/WBE Program, please visit our M/WBE webpage or visit us at:

Anthony Cannion, Manager
801 Crawford Street, 3rd Floor
Portsmouth, VA  23704
Phone:  (757) 393-8261
Fax:  (757) 393-5104