ERIC Number: ED173926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Saving Money Through Group Bidding by North Dakota School Districts.
O'Shea, Daniel R.; Piper, Donald L.
Group bidding and cooperative purchasing of supplies and equipment by school systems is one answer to meeting the demands of rising costs. This paper discusses a survey that was made to determine whether a school district can realize significant savings by participating in a system of cooperative purchasing with other school districts. High school districts in North Dakota were surveyed, and price information was sought on 14 selected items. Prices paid by districts of varying size and geographic location were then analyzed to determine what differences might influence a district toward or away from cooperative purchasing. Results indicated a significant savings occurs when group bidding practices are employed by groups of districts. Some recommendations made were that price information be accumulated at the state level and be disseminated to districts that request it, that an investigation be made of the legality and practicality of group bidding, and that mechanisms be developed through which districts can become informed about and participate in group bidding practices. (Author/LD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Bureau of Educational Research and Services.
Identifiers: North Dakota
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