As one of its cost saving initiatives, the NSSBA oversees three major tenders on behalf of school boards. The Central Purchasing Committee is comprised of purchasing representatives from each school board who meet four or five times a year for the purpose of exchanging information and ideas. The committee continues to explore new tenders that may be provincial in scope. The three major tenders are:
- Photocopier tender – multifunction devices Eight school boards participate in this tender. The current tender is based on a four-year contract. School boards are continuing to phase out stand-alone photocopiers and installing multifunction devices with the capabilities of printing, faxing, copying and scanning all in one unit. The multifunction capability is a significant cost saver to boards.
- Petroleum Products Tender Seven school boards participate in the Petroleum Products tender. This tender is based on a three-year contract.
- Photocopy Paper & Industrial Paper Products Seven school boards participate in this tender, which is based on a two-year contract.
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