How do you make sure you equally distribute the school district’s budget for furniture between 47 schools? That’s the challenge Kathy Ely faces everyday when she works to provide the best facilities for the 30,000 students in her district. Read how Kathy Ely, Spokane’s director of Purchasing Services, shares her district’s secrets for ensuring everyone’s satisfaction.
Most administrators would agree that they would rather see money go directly toward student education than toward furniture purchases. And most would agree that they do their best to make sure this happens.
Even so, there are times when money simply must be spent on furniture to replace worn desks and chairs or for outfitting new facilities. When this happens, it’s important for teachers to feel that the money has been well spent. The process needs to feel equitable and fair.
They district includes six high schools, six middle schools and 35 elementary schools serving close to 30,000 students. Administrators in Spokane Public Schools, in Washington, know what a challenge it can be to equitably distribute furniture throughout schools. Kathy Ely, Spokane’s director of Purchasing Services, shares her district’s secrets for ensuring everyone’s satisfaction.