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


Purchasing Department "Excellence in Procurement Award"

Tacoma Public Schools has been awarded the prestigious 22nd Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® (AEP) for 2019 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 ten years.