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WISD Purchasing Department named one of best in Texas

HOUSTON, TX (March 18, 2024)--The Waco ISD Purchasing Department is one of only 77 districts out of more than 1,200 in Texas to be recognized by the Texas Association of School Business Officials with the 2024 Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations. Members of the Waco ISD purchasing team were recognized with the honor at the TASBO conference in Houston.


“The Waco ISD Purchasing Department has a long history of excellence as this marks the 16th consecutive year to receive this award,” Purchasing Director Michelle Tish said. “Even more prestigious is the fact that Waco ISD is one of only three districts in the state to receive this award since its inception. It truly is a team effort.”


Members of the TASBO Purchasing & Supply Management Research Committee meet yearly to evaluate and ensure the award criteria represents the latest and best practices. This criteria includes organization, policies & procedures, contract operations, staff training and certification, warehousing, use of technology, communication and management of cooperative programs. TASBO committee members then review new and recertification applications to determine certification. 


“We’re proud of the work that our purchasing department does to streamline school purchasing operations, comply with regulations, and set the standard for using taxpayer dollars,” Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon said. “These staff members have not only demonstrated a high level of professionalism and skill by implementing best practices and procedures, they have also shared their knowledge with colleagues throughout Texas.”


Established in 2009, the TASBO Award of Merit recognizes Texas school districts and Education Service Centers that are committed to following professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services.