For Immediate Release
Friday, June 15, 2007
School Purchasing Network marks second anniversary, provides more than $2 million in savings to local districts
Governor Blagojevich’s call for efficiencies means cost savings for local school districts
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that since its inception two years ago the Illinois School Purchasing Network (ISPN) has saved local districts $2.2 million. Saturday, June 16, marks the second anniversary of the network and to date more than 600 Illinois school districts have joined.
Responding to Governor Blagojevich’s call to increase efficiencies in government ISBE launched the Illinois School Purchasing network in June 2005. Through the Illinois School Purchasing Network shared services initiative, ISBE partners with U.S. Communities, a national, not-for-profit governmental purchasing cooperative. The ISPN builds on the priority Governor Blagojevich and the State Board have put on creating opportunities to help Illinois school districts better serve their local communities.
“Governor Blagojevich has made school funding and maximizing efficiencies a priority during his administration and this initiative provides districts with another option to help them stretch every dollar they receive for maximum benefit,” said State Superintendent Christopher Koch. “This allows school districts to have access to high-quality products at some of the best available government prices.”
U.S. Communities assists local and state government agencies, school districts, higher education, and nonprofits in reducing the cost of purchased goods through pooling the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide. Forty-one of the largest school districts in the nation work with U.S. Communities.
School district contracts through the Illinois School Purchasing Network are free, voluntary and non-exclusive, with no spending minimums. U.S. Communities charges no user fees, and combines more than $1 billion in annual purchasing power through partnerships with 18,000 public agencies in 50 states.
Products available include school and office supplies and furniture; technology products; physical education and playground equipment; electrical, communications and data supplies; janitorial materials; carpeting and flooring; and office machines.
Illinois School Purchasing Network facts:
- U.S. Communities’ vendors employ more than 16,000 Illinois residents.
- Of 875 districts in the state, 60 percent are registered.
- In 2006 alone, Illinois school districts save over $1.5 million.
- 438 districts enrolled in the network’s first seven months – June – December 2005.
More information, including registration information for districts, about the Illinois School Purchasing Network can be found online at: http://www.isbe.net/savings.