Marmaduke School Board considers purchasing policy
The Marmaduke School Board decided to change part of its purchasing policy in a special meeting Monday night at the high school library.
Superintendent Tim Gardner and assistant superintendent Kelly Smith presented a proposal for the district to join The Computer Purchasing Network (TCPN).
According to Smith, the program, which is approved by the Arkansas Department of Education, assists schools in finding the lowest available prices for a number of different items.
"In a nutshell, it's a bidding network," Smith said. "Instead of the school taking bids on certain items, this program does it for us."
The program will be used to help the district purchase the necessary furnishings for new buildings currently under construction. Smith said the program will be used to find student desks for the new structures, as well as filing cabinets, teacher desks and other furnishings.
The program does not entirely replace the current bidding system used by Arkansas schools. The district will continue to accept bids for equipment such as school buses, as well as services, such as construction projects.