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The Latest Details on our New State-Wide Food Services Program
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MCS MCEL 2021-Food Bid-Presentation-10-2021



Announcing a New MCS Partnership!

School Expansion and Construction Services

MCS is excited to announce a new partnership to assist Montana schools considering possible expansion and construction.  The goal of the program is to bring together Architects that specialize in school construction, school construction supervision experts and our MCS vendors that provide a wide variety of the products and services  that schools purchase during any construction project.

In many instances Montana Schools are faced with the daunting task of starting to consider expansion and possible construction with limited revenue available to start the process.  MCS’s new partners have committed to helping schools in this “limited up-front revenue available” situation.

A great way to consider expansion and construction in your district!…..Architects, Construction Experts and MCS Products and Services that satisfy all Montana Bid Requirements and backed by our 29-State AEPA/MCS Consortium….all coming together in support of Montana schools!


Architectural Pre-Bond Services

  • If your school is growing or your facilities are aging, pre-bond services can help you outline the next steps.
  • Architectural Pre-Bond services help districts:
    Understand facility needs
    Understand community growth patterns
    Outline future facility plans and master plans
    Estimate construction costs and bond tax impacts
    Present information to voters and answer questions

Recent Projects: Roundup High School, Lockwood High School

Contact: Nick Pancheau,, 406.248.3443



A full service, Preconstruction & Construction Management firm, specializing in assisting School Districts in Montana as your Owner’s Construction Representative (OCR). QuEst assists in all phases of Capital Project Planning from Pre-Bond Strategy, Concept Design, Budgets and Estimates to development of a Care & Maintenance Plan for your entire facility. Some of the services that QuEst provides are listed below:

  • Conceptual Project Budgeting & Planning
  • Construction Means and Methods Consulting
  • Solicitation of Design Services
  • Preconstruction Planning & Scheduling
  • Value Analysis of Project Budgets to Maximize Scope
  • Design Management
  • Cost Controls before, during & post Construction
  • Local Community Outreach of Potential Bidders
  • Schedule Management Services
  • Development of Current Facility Maintenance Plans

Recent Projects: Park City, Ennis, Roundup, Lockwood Schools

Contact: Mark Qualman,, 406.850.9357


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Key Vendor-Partners … During These Challenging Times!

Here’s a quick list of the vendor partners that have “gone the extra mile” for our schools during the past eighteen months….

These experts are ready to take your calls and help in any way possible:

Food Services – US Foods

A huge thanks to US Foods (formerly FSA) for really stepping up and immediately providing our schools with a wide variety of new products designed to meet our schools’ needs as they provide packaged meals.

US Foods
Contact: Tammie Claassen     406-238-7854

Cleaning and Sanitation Supplies – Encompass Supply and Quill
Both Quill and Encompass Supply have been able to supply our schools with hard-to-find cleaning and sanitation supplies during the pandemic.

Encompass Supply
Contact: Rodney Kneeshaw 406-756-5900

Contact: Sarah Sherman   847-876-4318

Technology and Computers – CDWG and Fisher’s Technology

As schools have moved to delivering instruction and communicating with students and parents in an online format both CDWG  and Fisher’s Technology has provided exceptional service with IT and computer supplies:

Contact: Morgan Brubaker   866-809-9888

Fisher’s Technology
Contact: Amanda Byrne 406-564-1324

At-Home Supplies – School Specialty

With most instruction now taking place off-campus, School Specialty’s At-Home Learning supplies are proving invaluable during this crisis.

School Specialty
Contact: Curt Nix 360-756-5648

Be sure to mention “MCS” when contacting these specialists to receive our pricing discounts and expedited service.


Food Services Program

The MCS Food Services Program is now the largest provider of products and services specifically designed for schools across the great State of Montana!  If your school is still not a member of MCS, we encourage you to give us a call and get a quote on how much your school could be saving through our program.

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!

MCS…28 states bidding nationally together with contracts awarded locally here in Montana!