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NISD purchasing department honored with state-wide award

NISD purchasing department honored with state-wide award

Purchasing department team members posing for a picture.
Dr. Mark Foust, Jonathan Pastusek, Tanda Dobel, Robin Ward, Shannon Barton, Mark Vechione and Dr. Anne Davis-Simpson accepting the 2023 Award of Merit of Purchasing Operations

Northwest ISD is proud to be among the educational institutions recognized by the Texas Association of School Business Officials with the prestigious Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations. Established in 2009, the award is given to Texas school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and education services centers that are committed to following professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services.

The criteria to qualify for the Award of Merit of Purchasing Operations is stringent, with volunteers from the TASBO Purchasing & Supply Management Research Committee evaluating each institution to ensure it represents the latest best practices. The committee then reviews new and recertification applications. For 2023, only 71 districts from Texas met the specific criteria to earn the award. In addition to winning the award eight consecutive years, the the NISD purchasing team has earned the award 12 of the past 13 years.

Members of the district’s purchasing team were honored at an awards reception sponsored by BuyBoard Purchasing Cooperative in San Antonio at the 2023 TASBO annual conference. For more information, please visit the TASBO website

“As Texas school districts face ever-increasing pressure to use funds efficiently, we’re honored to recognize the work our honorees do to streamline operations, comply with regulations, and set the standard for how to utilize taxpayer dollars,” said Tracy Ginsburg, TASBO Executive Director. “These organizations have not only demonstrated their professional purchasing operations by documenting their districts’ policies and procedures, but have also shared these best practices with colleagues throughout the state.”