Author:David Port

Green Dot’s Journey to an ERP Solution

Like a kid who needs a back-to-school wardrobe overhaul after a summertime growth spurt, the charter school management organization Green Dot Public Schools found itself needing a significant upgrade to its back-office systems following an aggressive expansion in which its network grew from a single...

A+ Charter Schools Graduates from Good to Great

Every time a young teacher tells him, unsolicited, that they want to spend their career working for A+ Charter Schools, every time he sees staff retention rates and student engagement scores climb across the four-school charter network, A+ Superintendent and CEO Brenton White is reassured...

Grainger: A Facilities One-Stop Shop Worth Visiting

Brian Driskell doesn’t work for a charter school, but he has worked closely enough with charter school procurement people to know the all-too-common predicament many of them face in their jobs. “These people almost always wear multiple hats,” observes Driskell, senior strategy manager, education, at Grainger...

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How KIPP San Antonio Got a Handle on Procurement

How KIPP San Antonio Got a Handle on Procurement   Charter school network CFO tells a still-unfolding story of the fits, starts, frustrations and triumphs that have accompanied implementation of the organization’s new purchasing policy   Bringing a coherent, transparent procurement policy to an organization that has long lacked...

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Furniture Procurement Done Right, Part 2

Building a good, solid, durable piece of furniture requires attention to detail and a grasp of the intricacies involved. The same can be said for the process of purchasing furniture for a charter school, says Karen Volner, National Business Development Director, Furniture, for the State/Local...

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Furniture Procurement Done Right, Part 1

Of all the items on a charter school’s lengthy procurement shopping list, furniture has to be among the simplest to purchase, right? After all, how much nuance could there be to buying chairs, desks, storage cabinets and the like? Plenty, it turns out....