NCSS pro­cure­ment depart­ment earns achieve­ment of ex­cel­lence

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The New­ton County School Sys­tem has been awarded the pres­ti­gious 22nd- an­nual Achieve­ment of Ex­cel­lence in Pro­cure­ment Award for 2017 from the Na­tional Pur­chas­ing In­sti­tute.

The award rec­og­nizes ex­cel­lence in pro­cure­ment by mea­sur­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions against stan­dard­ized bench­marks that rep­re­sent best prac­tices within the pro­fes­sion. These cri­te­ria in­clude in­no­va­tion, pro­fes­sion­al­ism, e-pro­cure­ment, pro­duc­tiv­ity and lead­er­ship. NCSS was one of six school sys­tems in Ge­or­gia and one of only 27 school sys­tems through­out the U.S. and Canada to re­ceive the award for 2017. This is the sixth con­sec­u­tive year the pro­cure­ment depart­ment has won the AEP Award.

“Pro­cure­ment plays a crit­i­cal role in the life of an or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Greg Goins, pro­cure­ment co­or­di­na­tor for the school sys­tem, said. “The depart­ment is re­spon­si­ble for the ac­qui­si­tion of goods and ser­vices, for the man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion of con­tracts, for as­sur­ing the con­ti­nu­ity of sup­ply to meet ser­vice needs, and for max­i­miz­ing cost re­duc­tion and cost avoid­ance for the school sys­tem. Be­cause it is in­ex­tri­ca­bly con­nected to so many de­part­ments and func­tional units, it has the ca­pa­bil­ity, if prop­erly uti­lized, to pro­vide real, strate­gic value to the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“Our team is cog­nizant of its po­si­tion, du­ties, and the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and op­por­tu­ni­ties in­her­ent therein. They work hard to de­liver su­pe­rior ser­vice and sav­ings to the school sys­tem and com­mu­nity at large. I am proud of our team, and pleased to see their ef­forts rec­og­nized within the pro­cure­ment pro­fes­sion via the AEP award.”

“The New­ton County School Sys­tem Pro­cure­ment Depart­ment ex­cels in pro­vid­ing the high­est qual­ity of pro­cure­ment ser­vices to our dis­trict,” Dr. Craig Lock­hart, deputy su­per­in­ten­dent for NCSS, said. “They ad­here to best stan­dards in this field, and our school sys­tem ben­e­fits from their ju­di­cious prac­tice. We are very proud of the work and ef­forts of our pro­cure­ment team.”

In ad­di­tion to NPI, the Achieve­ment of Ex­cel­lence in Pro­cure­ment Award is spon­sored and rec­og­nized by over a dozen pro­fes­sional pub­lic pro­cure­ment as­so­ci­a­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of State Pro­cure­ment Of­fi­cials, the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ed­u­ca­tional Pro­cure­ment and the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Gov­ern­men­tal Pro­cure­ment.

Sub­mit­ted | The Cov­ing­ton News

Pic­tured, from left, Greg Goins, pro­cure­ment co­or­di­na­tor; Carolyn Hill, pro­cure­ment clerk; Michael Barr, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of oper­a­tions; Cory Craver, pro­cure­ment and fa­cil­i­ties plan­ning spe­cial­ist; James Free­man, prop­erty and in­ven­tory spe­cial­ist;...

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