Legislators consider a bill to save school money

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

Legislators are considering a bill to conduct a study that could save schools a lot of money.

The bill, sponsored by delegate Cox of Colonial Heights would look at whether buying supplies for schools in bulk for all schools - or groups of schools - everything from paper to school buses, could save the state money.

NBC 12 education specialist  Dr. Bill Bosher says buying in bulk saved money when he was district superintendent.

"We've done that in both Chesterfield and Henrico, and Henrico - once we actually, with small school divisions, pull together and bought paper by the carload - not only did they get it for about half of what they were paying but we got about $4 cheaper a box," said Dr. Bosher. "However there's been nothing systematic. Its hit and miss. This would be the first effort in Virginia to look at the advantages of group purchasing."

Dr. Bosher says he believes bulk buying could save the state more than its bidding system.

The study would take about a year if it passes.

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