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Paul Fox receives COMMBUYS guidance. Man sits at table smiling with laptop, COMMBUYS handouts, phone, and water bottle.

Paul Fox receives COMMBUYS guidance.

In December 2017, Paul Fox will celebrate his one-year anniversary of becoming the Director of Facilities at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District. Since starting, Paul has brought a fresh outlook and enthusiasm to his role as buyer for the department. “When I began, I was new to the function and didn’t have lots of connections or direction. I started learning the best practices, and discovered how much more efficient it is to use Statewide Contracts and COMMBUYS instead of conducting procurements from scratch.”

Paul’s enthusiasm for learning, paired with Director of Business Services Kathleen Macedo’s expertise, has made a huge impact. Working with OSD’s Local Government Enablement Account Manager Patricia Burke, the school district has spent more than $230,000 on goods and services from Statewide Contracts.* With a focus on Facilities and IT contracts, Bridgewater-Raynham has procured moving services, landscaping and green roof products, voice and data communication systems, and two-way radios. In addition, Paul mentions, “I’ve really enjoyed using the Fuel Card Management and Maintenance Repair and Operations contracts. We’re able to do in-store pick-up, which is extremely convenient.”

For buyers who similarly are new to COMMBUYS, Paul advocates that the process gets easier when you are willing to put in the time and effort to learn the system. “The Statewide Contract agreements have been ironed out and you’re not sacrificing vendor quality. For me, using COMMBUYS is a huge time savings. If I am stuck at any point, it is so simple for me to ask a question. Patricia really is the most valuable asset – I know I can always get help and solutions from her.”

Patricia adds, “I cannot say enough about Paul’s commitment to innovating the school district’s procurement by taking advantage of all of the services and assistance that OSD has to offer! He understands the efficiencies and compliance benefits, and has a good command on all of the ways to use COMMBUYS and Statewide Contracts. His willingness to learn is saving the school district a lot of money.” For those who may be more hesitant about starting to use Statewide Contracts, Paul encourages, “Sometimes, it’s easy to get complacent using the same vendors. It is important to look at your options and make sure to do your due diligence. If you step away from that complacency, you may be surprised to find other reliable vendors along with a number of other benefits.”

For instance, as an unexpected benefit, Paul remarks that he has learned the true purchasing power of the State. “Recently, I had an issue with a vendor, separate of COMMBUYS and Statewide Contracts. I was not getting any results with my vendor contact, so I looked up the Statewide Contract vendor representative. Once I reached out to that representative, I was able to expedite the process and clear the path.”

Added benefits like these ensure that Paul and the Bridgewater-Raynham team will continue to use Statewide Contracts to find their best solutions. What is next for the school district? Paul remarks, “I’m very excited about the tradespersons contracts (TRD01, TRD02, TRD03, and TRD04). As the biggest user of COMMBUYS at the school, they’ll make life for us at the Facilities department a lot easier.”

Is your school district interested in becoming COMMBUYS-enabled like Bridgewater-Raynham? Contact the Local Government Enablement Team to see how Statewide Contracts may save your school time and money.

*January 2015-October 2017

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