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Purchasing is a division of the Finance Department of Valdosta City Schools (VCS).  The department supports the operations of VCS by functioning as the central purchasing agency for supplies, materials, equipment and certain services.  The department oversees all purchase requests, bid requests (except construction), places all orders and processes accounts payable. 


Purchase Orders:

VCS conducts its purchasing operation by purchase order.  Purchase orders are processed and approved through the system’s online financial software program Crosspointe. Click the logo below to login.  If you need a hard copy of the VCS purchase order form, click the file below.  Be sure to alter the billing and shipping information as required.


Should you need a refresher on how to use the online accounting system, please click on the training guide below.  


Purchase Order Deadline:  April 1, 2022

Employee Expense Statements:

Expenses are only authorized for reimbursement in the fiscal year in which they occurred.  June expenses should not be included on July or subsequent expense statements. 

Employee expense statements are due to the Purchasing Department no later than the end of the month following the month of the travel (e.g. any July expenses are due by the end of August) with all coordination completed. EXCEPTION:  June travel must be turned in as soon as completed, but no later than June 24, 2022. 

Mileage Reimbursement:  Current Mileage Rate - $0.585

Adjustments may be made to a travel expense reimbursement prior to payment.  Mileage claimed will be reduced to the State mandated allowable distance (i.e., shortest route to and from the destination).  If you make deviations to pick up passengers, be sure to specify on the expense statement. All local mileage at the destination must be itemized, not combined with departing/returning.  Local mileage claimed must be for official business only.  Travel associated with meals is not reimbursable. 

Odometer readings are required for out of town travel; trip odometer reading may be used for local travel.

Meal Reimbursement

Meals are reimbursed on a per diem basis for each meal instead of reimbursed for the actual expense incurred. 

Meal Per Diem: In-State Georgia

Employees traveling within the State of Georgia are eligible for up to $50.00 per diem to cover the cost of three (3) meals per day. Incidentals are not included in the per diem rate. This per diem rate applies to all cities in Georgia.

        • Breakfast = $13.00
        • Lunch = $14.00
        • Dinner = $23.00


Meal Per Diem:  OVERNIGHT Travel

Employees traveling overnight, either in-state or out-of-state, are eligible for 75% of the total per diem rate on the first and last day of travel.  The time of departure and time of return are not considerations for calculating the meal per diem when associated with overnight travel.

        • First Day = $37.50
        • Last Day: $37.50   


Meal Per Diem:  Non-Overnight Travel

Employees who travel MORE than 50 miles from their residence AND primary work station on a work assignment, AND are away for more than twelve (12) hours, may receive the total eligible per diem allowance for that day, even when there is no overnight lodging.  Per diem allowance will be adjusted for any meals provided to the traveler.


For more information on per diem rates, click this link for the U.S. General Services Administration.  This link helps explain meals and incidents expense breakdown.  


Click this link for Mapquest to ensure the best route for your travels.  


Click this link for the State Accounting Office of Georgia's Accounting Manual Reference, Section: Travel, Sub-section: Statewide Travel Policy.  

New Vendors:

Send all requests, with the subject “New Vendor” via email to [email protected].  Prior to requesting the addition of a new vendor, please verify that the vendor will accept a purchase order. 

  • Vendor must fax or email a copy of their W-9.
  • Complete company information must be provided to include:
    • Company Name
    • Company Address
    • Company Billing Address (if different from physical address)
    • Company Phone Number
    • Company Fax Number
    • Company website and email address


There are no current RFPs.

Crystal Hiller
Director of Purchasing
1204 Williams Street
Valdosta, GA 31602
p (229) 671-6048
f (229) 333-8539
[email protected] 
Tracie Sermons
Purchasing Assistant
p (229) 671-6052
f (229) 333-8539
[email protected]