Montana Cooperative Services
MREA and Montana Cooperative Services extend an invitation to join the growing number of schools and counties participating in our cooperative bids program.
Due to anticipated increases in copy paper and delivery pricing, MCS is strongly advising our schools to purchase their 2014-2015 copy paper supply now.
MCS is pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Heartland Paper Company for a "Limited-Time" copy paper buy. Through March 31st, a price of $27.80 per carton ($1,112.00/pallet) will apply for MCS members in a limited area of Central and Eastern Montana, lift-gate delivered and on pallets directly to your school!!! Orders will be done by the pallet, 1 Pallet = 40 Cartons. Due to increased shipping costs to other areas of the state, Heartland can offer a price of $31.04 per carton($1,241.60/pallet), lift-gate delivered and on pallets directly to your school to all members outside of the limited area.
We are very excited to bring additional savings to our members! Please contact Dennis Fowler of Heartland Paper Company at 406-231-6793 or Fowlerd@heartland-paper.com before ordering about specific pricing and ordering questions for your school. Do not hesitate to contact us directly at MCS with any questions you may have as well.
To submit your paper order, please fill out the order form below along with your school's purchase order by March 31st and mail or fax it to:
Heartland Paper Company
5055 Jellison Rd. #5
Billings, MT 59101
MCS Steering Committee Meeting
From Left: Cindy Bainter, John Polacik, Tammie Claassen (FSA), Wendy Shreeve, Pam Radke, Barbara Lea, Trish Lovec, & Amy Russell. Not Pictured: Cathy Jochems
Earlier this week the "MCS Food Bid Steering Committee" convened for another very productive meeting! This incredible group of Food Service Directors helped to review our bid, come up with new ideas and options, and make decisions aimed at improving our MCS Food Bid to even better serve our members. We cannot say enough about how excellent this group is and how vital a role they play in making our MCS State-Wide Food Bid the best that it can possibly be.
MCS is the only state food purchasing program with direct input into the purchasing decisions by actual school food service directors/cooks that actually USE the program!
Those currently serving on the steering committee are: Cindy Bainter (Big Timber), John Polacik (Livingston), Wendy Shreeve (Forsyth), Pam Radke (Sidney), Barbara Lea (Winnett), Trish Lovec (Ekalaka), and Cathy Jochems (Conrad).
Please watch for additional updates and information on the results of the steering committee meetings in future weeks. Please don't hesitate to give us a call with any questions you may have.
Thanks once again to our MCS Steering Committee for all of their hard work!!!
They have also made an additional service available called the CyberBully Hotline that is geared towards preventing school bullying and violence. It is an anonymous reporting tool that allows students and parents to text or call in incidents. The messages are then sent directly to school leaders via the reporting tool so action can be taken.
MCS is pleased to announce an exclusive extension with SchoolReach, which offers a school notification system that allows administrators to send schedule change notices, weather advisories, lunch balance notifications, emergency alerts, and other important parent communications via voice, text, e-mail, and social media.
Benefits of the MCS Purchasing Program:
Volume Counts! The combined purchasing power of MCS working with 25 other states and serving over 27 million students creates substantial discounts on products and services.
Convenient Ordering! Purchase directly from the companies and order only what you need when you need it.
Favorite Brands—Excellent Quality! You’ll find your favorite brands all at lower prices. Quality is guaranteed, as every product in the program meets strict content and pricing criteria.
Satisfies Bid Requirements!
To save members time and resources by exploring and solving present and future purchasing needs, creating partnerships, and obtaining the very best pricing available through a national competitive bid process- such that excellent quality and service are provided to all of our members in a measurable and cost-efficient manner.
About the MCS Program:
MCS (Montana Cooperative Services) bids for products and services for member schools under Montana state statute section 20-9-204. These bids then become available exclusively to our members. Companies enjoy the volume associated with being with MCS and schools enjoy the lower price that volume purchasing can bring and also the convenience of not having to go out to bid themselves. MCS is a member of the AEPA, Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies. This Association is comprised of 26 states that cooperatively bid for products to obtain volume discounts which are then passed on to all members. Schools and other non-profit entities in Montana are eligible for membership in MCS. Purchasing and pricing is done by contacting the appropriate company and letting them know you are a member of MCS. The “Catalog and Order Info." page detail how to order from each company. The cost of joining is $1.00/student with a maximum of $1200/school. MCS has been serving schools since 2001.
MCS...Over 25 states bidding nationally together
with contracts awarded locally here in Montana!