About Us

From new schools to new pencils...
Our mission is to provide the best value to ensure student success. ​​

Our different areas of responsibility

Purchasing - acquisition of goods and services in support of District operations and activities; development and execution of purchase orders; conduct bids and issue requests for proposals.

Contracting - develop contracts for goods and services; review contracts development by District staff, provide contract administration training to departments within the District.

Purchase Card Program - issue, track and monitor purchase cards; ensure compliance with policies and regulations.

Textbook Management - manage the warehousing and inventory of textbooks; order replenishment books; issue and deliver books to schools; monitor loss and damage of texts.

Fixed Assets - manage the fixed asset management program; ensure fixed assets are properly accounted for and bar coded upon receipt; conduct periodic inventories at the schools and administrative locations.

Warehousing - manage inventory of commonly used supplies; deliver orders received from schools and end-users; provide daily distribution/mail service throughout the District; receive and deliver fixed assets; deliver and pick-up chairs for school events; pick-up and manage surplus items; manage a re-usable furniture program


Our Offices

3321 South Union Avenue, Tacoma, WA. 98409, in the Purchasing Warehouse


ETHICS POLICY

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Purchasing Department "Excellence in Procurement Award"

Tacoma Public Schools has been awarded the prestigious 22nd Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) for 2017 from the National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI).  The AEP Award is earned by public and non-profit organizations that obtain a high application score based on standardized criteria. The AEP is awarded annually to recognize Innovation, Professionalism, E-Procurement, Productivity, and Leadership in the procurement function. The Purchasing Department has acheived this award for the last eight years.