Executive Director Notes

On Monday, June 5th, the Governing Board approved Mishawaka Catholic Schools to become a member. Their membership will allow them to benefit from the many services and cost savings we provide.

Welcome to NIESC Mishawaka Catholic!

Cooperative Purchasing

When do you use a cooperative agreement?

Not all cooperative agreements are created equal.
Review our list when looking at utilizing cooperative agreements:
1. Was the contract solicited by a public or a non-profit agency-Educationally based contracts would be more in your best interest. 
2. Was the contract competitively bid?
3. Do you have copies of all of the documents?
4. Was the award consistent with public procurement policies?
5. Are the awarded terms and conditions acceptable?
6. Did the bid contain preferences your entity can’t use?
7. Did the bid have any required preferences your entity can use?
8. If the project involves a grant, are the terms of the grant met in the contract-check for use of federal grants and confirm the vendor is not debarred.
9. Is the award still valid?
10. How many years are left on the award?
11. Are the ordering procedures acceptable?
12. Are the payment procedures acceptable?
13. Is the price good and competitive?
14. Is this a good business decision?
If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to reach out to Lisa Abell, Assistant Executive Director/Director of Cooperative Purchasing. 

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Technology Integration

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In a similar way to using "Siri" or "Alexa" at home- Leena AI puts all school information and tasks at the fingertip of each employee, allowing instant access to the items that are applicable and important to them, as well as allowing transactional requests to be fulfilled in real time without logging into a new system or remembering multiple passwords.
By connecting to all available documents system and school-wide, as well as tying into each technology partner, teachers and school employees will have access to real time answers without having to reach out to administrators or help desk staff.
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Professional Learning

Click to Check out the June Edition of Connect-the-Dots

Member Spotlight

Stephanie Pittman
Stephanie Pittman is the Treasurer at Bremen Public Schools and has been with the corporation for 32 years. 
Stephanie and her team in the Business Office are constantly looking for ways to improve their efficiencies as well as the efficiencies of the corporation in order to make wise use of taxpayer monies. This year, they worked on streaming a number of their HR processes in what she hopes will be more efficient and user friendly.
We asked Stephanie what she finds most rewarding about her position. She shared, "After 32 years, I still enjoy what I do and the people that I get to work with in my corporation and across the state. This past year, I had the honor of being President of the Indiana Association of School Business Officials. To lead such an outstanding organization has been the highlight of my career."
Stephanie's dream for Bremen Schools is that they would continue to engage kids and encourage them to be their best selves. As a public school, they currently have many challenges and there will be many more. They just have to find ways through the challenges to provide an excellent education for students. 
In her spare time, Stephanie is an avid reader. She also enjoys working in her yard, riding her motorcycle, and camping with her grandson at his rodeos. 

Northern Indiana Education Service Center
56535 Magnetic Drive
Mishawaka, IN 46545

574-254-0111 | niesc.org


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