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Rochester Community Schools joins the MITN Purchasing Group

Rochester Community Schools joins the MITN Purchasing Group

Rochester, MI – In an effort to improve visibility and participation, Rochester Community Schools has joined the Michigan Inter-governmental Trade Network (MITN) Purchasing Group and will be publishing and distributing upcoming bid opportunities through the system.

“The MITN Purchasing Group expands an agency’s vendor pool and enhances vendor competition without increasing distribution costs. In addition to the existing vendors on the MITN Purchasing Group, all vendors looking to do business with Rochester Community Schools can register online at www.bidnetdirect.com/mitn. We invite all interested bidders to register today,” said Pete Muscio, Director of Capital Projects and Facilities.

The MITN Purchasing Group is a single, online location for managing sourcing information and activities and provides over 200 local government agencies with the tools needed to have a transparent bid process while minimizing costs and saving time. Registered vendors can access open bids, related documents and files, additional addendum and award information from all participating agencies. In addition, the MITN Purchasing Group offers a service to notify vendors of new bids targeted to their industry and all addenda and advance notification of expiring term contracts.

Rochester Community Schools joined the MITN Purchasing Group in January and will utilize the system to streamline the purchasing process including bid management, bid distribution, and vendor relations. In an effort to enhance transparency, tax payers can also view all closed bids and any awarded information.

“We now have information at our fingertips for each bid opportunity and award. The information is fully tracked and auditable. Vendors can access documents and addenda right online, and we can see that the vendor has indeed seen the addendum. It is exciting to build upon our transparent processes by becoming a part of the MITN Purchasing Group,” said Jennifer Fickel, Purchasing Supervisor.

BidNet’s vendor support team is available to answer any questions regarding the registration process or the bid system at (800) 835-4603, option 2.

About Rochester Community Schools:

The mission of Rochester Community Schools is to provide a quality education in a caring atmosphere so all students can attain the necessary skills and knowledge to become lifelong learners and contribute to a diverse, interdependent and changing world. The Rochester Community School District includes 523 acres of property encompassing 66 square miles primarily within the City of Rochester, the City of Rochester Hills, and Oakland Charter Township. With 13 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, one alternative high school, and one childcare center, more than 15,000 students residing in the greater Rochester area have the advantage of receiving a world-class education. The district is proud to have adopted a balanced and equitable spending plan that is sustainable, promotes growth, and ensures high-quality student programming. By managing an annual operating budget of $173 million and a $185 bond initiative, funding is in place to ensure the educational future of our students.

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