MTSBA Joins forces with MREA to Save School Districts Money on Purchases
Helena, June 9, 2014: MREA and MTSBA announced a new partnership in expanding access to MREA’s Montana Cooperative Services (MCS) purchasing program today. The success of MCS over the last ten years has been compelling, helping school districts across the state enjoy tremendous savings on a wide variety of goods and services used in our public schools. Those savings have in turn allowed many school districts to redirect resources that had previously been paid out in profits to third parties toward increasing student achievement.
This new partnership makes it possible for EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN MONTANA to be part of these savings as you purchase products and services used every day in school buildings across the state at the lowest price available in Montana. MCS has accomplished this success and with the resulting huge savings to our Montana schools as part of the national “AEPA”…the Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies. Through AEPA, MCS here in Montana combines forces with education advocates in twenty-five other states as we go out to bid in demanding the very best prices for all of our schools on thousands of common products and services that our schools purchase every year. MCS takes care of all of the state laws and the tremendous time involved in dealing with state and federal bidding requirements…your school district then reaps the benefits of nationally leveraged pricing with all of these contracts awarded right here in Montana.
When your school makes a purchase through MCS your school is guaranteed the very best price available on QUALITY products or services that have met all of our rigorous national AEPA specifications. You have the full backing of both MCS here in Montana and AEPA on the national level should you have problems with these vendors or services. In addition to these local benefits for your district, your membership organizations receive a small service fee that is included in your savings that we use to expand and improve services and advocacy for our members before the Montana Legislature.
If your school district has already joined MCS for the upcoming 2014-15 school year we want to thank you…you are now part of a much larger effort to save Montana schools even more money! If your school district has NOT joined MCS we hope that you will join this statewide effort now supported and recommended by both MREA and MTSBA!