Frederick County Public Schools is one of only 26 school districts in the US and Canada to receive the National Procurement Institute (NPI) 2017 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award.
According to the NPI, the award recognizes innovation, professionalism, productivity and leadership in an organization’s procurement functions. It provides an opportunity to document performance and practices and to have them scored by an outside agency. For 2017, there were 205 successful applicants, including 48 counties, 68 cities, 25 higher education agencies, 26 school districts and 12 state agencies.
This is the second year FCPS has earned the award. Five other school districts in Maryland made the list.
FCPS Purchasing Manager Stephen P. Starmer commends the department’s staff for the outstanding work they do keeping purchasing costs low to funnel maximum resources to classrooms countywide. He named assistant purchasing manager Kim Miskell, purchasing agents Billie Laughland, Bill Meekins and Shane Ryberg, procurement card administrator Hope Miller, executive secretary Michele Graham, and purchasing associates Amy Beall, Joni Carlo and Krista Long as contributors to the Achievement of Excellence Award.
Several groups sponsor the award with NPI. They include the Institute for Supply Management, the Institute for Public Procurement, the National Association of Educational Procurement, and groups from California, Canada, Florida and Texas. Also supporting the award are the Airport Purchasing Group, the National Association of State Procurement Officials, the National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance, the National Joint Powers Alliance, the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council and U.S. Communities. Additional information is online at npiconnection.org.