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Waco ISD earns state award for exhibiting excellence in school purchasing operations

TASBO Logo Waco ISD earns state award for exhibiting excellence in school purchasing operations

For the 11th year in a row, the Waco ISD Purchasing Department was recognized by the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) for following best practices in the area of purchasing operations. At the TASBO Annual Conference Awards Luncheon in March, Waco ISD was one of only 35 school districts from across the state to receive the TASBO Award of Merit for Purchasing and Operations. This award recognizes school districts and education service centers statewide for following professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services.

In determining the Award of Merit designees, TASBO utilizes two independent reviewers for each applicant to examine various procedures and practices including: organization, policies and procedures, contract operations, staff training and certification, p-card systems where applicable, warehousing, use of technology, communication and management of co-operative programs. “There’s no better way to achieve professional purchasing operations than to share best practices throughout the state and document your district’s policies and procedures,” said Tracy Ginsburg, TASBO Executive Director.

“We could not be more pleased with the growing recognition of the important work all of our honorees do to streamline operations, comply with regulations and set the standard for how to utilize taxpayer dollars.”

In addition to receiving the prestigious award for 11 years in a row, Waco ISD has demonstrated its commitment to fiscal responsibility by attaining the “recognized” status for the past 10 years.


Waco ISD Purchasing Department

Waco ISD Photo, Mary Senter

Members of the award-winning Waco ISD Purchasing Department include (front row, left to right): Donna Adler, Jada Duncan, Juanita Arechiga, Debra Gutierrez, Cindy Kelly-Laughlin; (back row, left to right) Rhonda Taylor, Sherry Trotts (director of business services), Tracy Moore and Judy Monroe.