Business Support Services - Planning -  Purchasing

Contractor Registration

Brenda Gachuz, Director of Purchasing, (858) 748-0010 x2788
Jeff Johnson, Purchasing Supervisor, (858) 668-2784
13626 Twin Peaks Road (Bldg 700), Hours: 7:00-4:00 M-F
(858) 748-0010 x2544

Contractor Registration

The Purchasing Department is responsible for the centralized procurement of all equipment, materials, and supplies to be furnished, sold, or leased to the school district, and for the competitive contracting of services, including for public works or construction projects. The Department vision is to create customer satisfaction by providing value and proficiency to each purchase request, while ensuring procurement is performed according to applicable laws and District policies.  In conjunction with processing orders, the Department generates bids and requests for quotes and coordinates cooperative purchasing through county, state, city, and consortium bids to affect cost savings.
for District projects estimated to cost up to $175,000
The Poway Unified School District has elected to become subject to the California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (CUPCCAA). The District invites all licensed contractors to submit information to apply for inclusion on the District’s list of registered contractors to be eligible for award of District projects estimated to cost up to $200,000.
To submit an application to be a District Registered Contractor (to be eligible for award of contracts  up to $200,000 - CUPCCAA), please click on the following link:

To see a list of the District's registered contractors (eligible for award of CUPCCAA contracts between $60,000 and $200,000), please click here:  

Please be sure to click on the Show CUPCCAA button at the top of the screen to see this list.

Please note that after initial registration and approval, contractors are required to update their application no later than one-year later to ensure that their firm will continue to remain on the District’s registered bidders lists.

Although the District is not required to register contractors for projects up to $60,000 or for projects exceeding $200,000, the District intends to utilize our registered contractors list to solicit bids and award contracts for projects that are estimated to cost below or above these amounts as much as possible, in addition to using it for projects between these amounts.
Attention PUSD Approved Reqistered Contractors:   Please click this link to download the District’s Contract Document for projects up to $60,000. Please use this form to submit proposals for projects up to this amount. 
PER AB1565

for District Bond Construction Contracts estimated to exceed $1,000,000
To submit an application to be a District Prequalified Contractor (to be eligible for award of contracts estimated to exceed $1,000,000), please click on the following link:

As of January 1, 2014, to comply with California Assembly Bill AB 1565, Poway Unified School District requires General Contractors and certain subcontractors to be prequalified on all bond-funded Construction Contracts.
The following license classifications must prequalify:
  • A (General Engineering Contractor)
  • B (General Building Contractor)
  • C-4 (Boiler, Hot Water, and Steam Fitting)
  • C-7 (Low-Voltage Systems)
  • C-10 (Electrical)
  • C-16 (Fire Protection)
  • C-20 (HVAC)
  • C-34 (Pipeline)
  • C-36 (Plumbing)
  • C-38 (Refrigeration)
  • C-42 (Sanitation System)
  • C-43 (Sheet Metal)
  • C-46 (Solar Contractor)
Poway Unified School District uses PQBids ( to manage contractor registration and approvals.   PQBids is an easy to use web-based application that streamlines these processes. Please follow the simple instructions below:
  1. Click the link above for the registration type(s) you are interested in applying for.
  2. Enter the required information.
  3. Submit your application.
  4. You will be contacted you if more information is necessary to complete the process.
  5. You will be notified of your approval via email.
  Thank you for your interested in working with the District.

To see a list of the District's Prequalified Contractors (eligible for award of bond-funded contracts over $1,000,000 - AB 1565), please click here 

Please be sure to click on the Show AB1565 button at the top of the screen to see this list.
Other Purchasing Related Web Resources:


Position Name Phone Email
Associate Superintendent
Business Support Services
Ronald Little



Director of Purchasing Brenda Gachuz (858) 748-0010 x2788
Purchasing Supervisor Jeff Johnson (858) 748-0010 x2784 
Admin. Assistant II Michelle Wheeler (858) 748-0010 x2128
Senior Buyer Gayle McCormick (858) 748-0010 x2133
Senior Buyer TBD    
Buyer Vickie Leckie (858) 748-0010 x2129
Buyer Jose Chavez (858) 748-0010 x2134
Interim Buyer Maria Marquez (858) 748-0010 x2135 


The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2121, For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840,

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