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The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Bucks IU Board of School Directors will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm.  Prior to the Board Meeting, there will be a Finance Committee Meeting at 6:30 PM. Per the Bucks IU Health and Safety plan in response to COVID-19, the meetings will be held virtually and are open to the public.

To join the meeting(s), please use the following information.  If you have not used Zoom before, you may need to follow the program instructions to download the application prior to being able to join the meeting(s).  You may also join the meeting(s) via audio conference only using the Call-in number and Webinar ID below:

Finance Committee Meeting
Zoom (online video and audio):
Passcode: 288365
Audio only conference:
Call-in: 312 626 6799 - Webinar ID: 924 6537 5818

Board Meeting
Zoom (online video and audio):
Passcode: bucksiu
Audio only conference:
Call-in: 312 626 6799 - Webinar ID: 933 5974 8686

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Cooperative Purchasing

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Through our working relationship with the business offices, technology teams, facilities groups, etc. of our schools and districts, we have a unique visibility to a wide variety of common requirements and services spanning them all. Seeing a need for a coordinated effort, and knowing the impact that larger purchases can have on pricing and services, the Bucks IU developed the Bucks County Schools Cooperative Purchasing Group. With members from all our 13 districts and 3 technical schools, this group uses the power of collective bargaining to coordinate and consolidate purchases so that the best products/services can be obtained at a significant savings.

Working Smarter Together

These significant cost savings are achieved through efforts such as collaborating expertise for a higher understanding of the product/service and the potential caveats or process pitfalls that may need to be navigated, by overhead reductions due to a consolidation of administrative and clerical efforts, and discounts being achieved as a result of larger quantity purchases. The group works together to determine which items to put out for bid and selects a “bid committee” to oversee this specific proposal. This committee will be made up of personnel from each district with an interest in participating in each bid.

Through a strong and united effort, the Bucks County Schools Cooperative Purchasing Group has achieved significant savings for our schools and districts.

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