The last date for applicants to start their competitive bidding process for FY2016 is Friday, April 1, 2016. Once a Form 470 is submitted to the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD), applicants must wait a minimum of 28 days before selecting a winning bid. However, after an applicant waits 28 days and has selected a service provider, they may need to negotiate a contract; get school board approval; and complete the Form 471, which does not give the applicant much time before April 29th, the Form 471 application deadline.
 
The chart below illustrates the cumulative count of Form 470s FY2015 vs. FY2016 as of March 30, 2016