RENO — Books, pencils, papers and computers are all necessary tools for the classroom used by students every day. But how do they get to the classroom? The process starts with the purchasing staff at the Washoe County School District. The purchasing department is responsible for buying all goods and services for the district and for the 13th year it has been recognized by the National Purchasing Institute (NPI) with top honors.
The NPI presented the annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) award for 2010 to the district this month for the outstanding efforts of the purchasing staff. The award is given to organizations that demonstrate excellence in procurement by getting a high score on a rating of standardized criteria. The program measures innovation, professionalism, e-purchasing and leadership qualities of an organization.
“Applying for the AEP award gives the district an opportunity to compete against other organizations on a national level,” district CFO Gary Kraemer said.
He added that being on the receiving end of the award again this year is something of which he’s extremely proud.
“Our district is one of only six government agencies in Nevada to win the AEP award this year and one of only 16 school districts in the United States to receive this award,” Kraemer said.
The district’s purchasing supervisor, Andrea Sullivan, said she is proud of winning the AEP award again this year because it demonstrates how her team continues to implement best practices in government procurement.
“In our department, everything that a student needs to achieve comes through us: library books, desks, Smartboards, even musical instruments. It validates that we are being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money while helping students achieve at their fullest potential.”
Sullivan said this summer was a busy one for her staff with the number of revitalization projects going on throughout the district.
“The capital projects team builds the schools, or revitalizes them, and it’s our job to furnish and supply them,” she said.
UWNNS, NFL celebrate Back to Football Friday
RENO — United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra (UWNNS) is joining the National Football League to promote the nationwide Back to Football Friday celebration.
Events in northern Nevada and across the country are designed to celebrate the return of football season while raising awareness and support for youth health and wellness. The NFL and United Way are encouraging fans of all ages to show their NFL team pride at work and school on Friday by wearing their favorite team’s gear or colors and planning special events in support of youth health.
Participants who wear their favorite NFL team’s gear will have the opportunity to win a trip for two to Super Bowl XLV by registering at www.unitedway.org/backtofootball.
For more than 35 years, the NFL and United Way have been working together to strengthen America’s communities, most recently by raising awareness about childhood obesity and creating new opportunities for young people to lead healthier lifestyles. One of these initiatives is the NFL PLAY 60 program. NFL PLAY 60 encourages kids to play at least 60 minutes a day. Since the program launched in 2007, the NFL has committed more than $200 million to youth health and wellness through programming, grants and media time.
“This is a wonderful partnership with the NFL that emphasizes our commitment to youth health and wellness in northern Nevada,” said Karen Barsell, chief executive officer and president of UWNNS. “Being active by playing organized sports and being outside is healthy for our area’s youth and helps ensure a healthy community in the future.”
For more information, visit www.uwnns.org or www.liveunited.org.
Public Constitution Day at TMCC
RENO — Truckee Meadows Community College will host its annual Constitution Day forum from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the college’s Dandini Campus in the Sierra Building, room 108.
This year’s focus is “U.S. Constitution and the Judiciary: Contemporary Issues and Challenges” by Nevada Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty. Local journalist Bill Brown of KTVN Channel 2 will moderate the event. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit www.tmcc.edu.