Finding Value in Procurement

By Damon Norris

Why does a school need a procurement manager or department?

This is a very popular question. A lot of schools do not see the value, or are too busy trying to run the education side of the business rather than seeing what is right before them. Procurement, also known as purchasing, is the one spot that, when running on all cylinders, can drive savings on almost every purchase large or small. Some schools have been slow to adopt this idea, but what they need to understand is that procurement is a free department!

“But how,” you may ask, when you include rent, salaries, benefits and other costs associated with employment?

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A Middle School Dance or Solid Business Partnerships?

By Damon Norris

Welcome to the new charter operations blog. This blog is designed to cover a wide rage of charter operations topics. Almost all of us have questions. And while I don’t have all the answers, I will dig into a topic and ensure I come out with information that supports our charter business leaders and vendors.

As the Director of Business and Member Services for the Arizona Charter School Association, my goal is to help our charter schools and corporate supporters (vendors) gain a better understanding of each other. I believe that together, our school members and corporate supporters can bridge the gap that has persisted in the charter school world.

Recently, I was talking to a colleague and it hit me. Our world is like a middle school dance. The vendors (corporate supporters) are on one side of the room, while the schools are on the other side. Neither one really understands how to talk to each other, and while some are brave enough to venture into the center of the room, it takes way too long to form a partnership that can stand the test of time.

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