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The Merced County Office of Education (MCOE) Support Services branch of the MCOE Business Department maintains this page as a means of promoting cooperative purchasing efforts among school districts and other public agencies.
A Listserver is now available as a clearing house both for prospective bids, and for "piggybackable" bids - bids that have been let by other districts or public agencies that are available for use by others. CAUTION: As always, all individual piggyback bids should be reviewed with your district's legal counsel prior to use.
click the highlighted text for a suggested "piggyback" clause (Additional Orders).
the MCOE encourages participation in the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) Purchasing Research & Development Committee.
Cal Save Cooperative Purchasing Project by the Monterey County Office of Education
The Cooperative Purchasing Hotline is now administered by FCMAT. The FCMAT
list server email is firstname.lastname@example.org
More information may be found at the FCMAT website, http://www.fcmat.org/ or email Andy Presage at,
Submitted listings that are primarily commercial or promotional in nature
are not within the scope of this forum. Listings not related to public
purchasing should not be posted. The Merced County Office of Education reserves
the right to make the final decision regarding any who abuse these guidelines.
Submission of a listing shall be considered evidence that the person submitting
the listing agrees to allow distribution of his/her listing (if accepted) or
nondistribution (if not accepted).
This listserver is YOUR resource. Please feel free to use it fully for its
intended purpose. Please forward any questions or comments you
may have to improve this list!
Reference: Public Contract Code Sections 20118, 20652.
The CASBO (California Association of School Business Officials) exists to
provide education to increase the skills and abilities of individuals employed
in the field of school business, to assist schools to operate more efficiently
and effectively, and to conduct research in the field of school business
management and administration.
Research and Development committees exist for two primary purposes:
In addition R&D committees provide a valuable forum for networking with
other school business professionals.
To The Central Section Purchasing Committee meets regularly from August
through June. Many meetings are based in the greater Fresno area, with
occasional meetings held between Bakersfield and Merced.