• Regional Purchasing Cooperative

    Participation in the Region 3 Education Service Center's Purchasing Cooperative offers advantages by reducing cost of products and services, saving administrative and advertising cost, staying compliant with Federal/State regulations, and leveraging purchasing power.

    Member districts should review the vendors approved by the purchasing cooperative and select a primary and secondary vendor for each category based on the district's needs and on which vendor's products and services provide the best value to the district.

    It is the responsibility of each member district to come up with its own purchasing policy, which a minimum must comply with all relevant Federal, State, and Local statues.  Texas Education Code 44.031(a) states that all contracts, except contracts for the purchase of produce or vehicle fuel valued at $50,000 or more in aggregate, for each 12-month period, are to be made by the method that provides the best value to the district.

    Approved Methods:

    • Competitive sealed proposals
    • Request for proposals
    • Interlocal contracts
    • Contract to construct
    • Rehabiliate, alter, or repair facilities that involve a construction manager
    • Job order contracts
    • Reverse auctions
    • Formation of political subdivision

    The mission of the purchasing services division is to provide quality procurement services and support that contributes to the operational efficiency of its members through effective use of resources.

    To accomplish its mission, not only are local vendors solicited to offer their services and products to school districts in the Region 3 service area through the Regional Purchasing Cooperative (RPC), but also in establishing a national cooperative that offers specialty products and services to our larger members.

    Other Procurement Sources

    To provide our districts access to other products and services they may need to meet their individual resource needs, links to other purchasing cooperatives and resources are provided below. Each cooperative has its own purchasing procedures for utilizing their contracts.  Therefore, a separate interlocal agreement may need to be signed between the school district and the individual purchasing cooperative before utilizing their contracts.