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How an Alabama School District Achieved Savings and Spent Relief Funds

Posted by Quill Corporation on April 19, 2022

In dire need of high-demand school supplies and improved vendor communication and support, Elmore County School District education purchasing leaders turned to OMNIA Partners and Quill to procure classroom solutions and PPE/cleaning supplies. By working with Quill and OMNIA Partners, Celeste Tilley, Director of Federal Programs at Elmore County School District, and Cecile Sanford, Federal Programs Accounting Specialist, were able to maximize spend and use their ESSER funds quickly and efficiently.

Quill-Blog-Feature-Image “To use a country saying, ‘I looked real sideways’ at the CFSO when he started talking about all this cooperative stuff. We were a little reluctant," says Celeste Tilley. "But I think now seeing the process through, with the amount of money we were dealing with, the purchasing cooperative simplified the process tremendously.”

Elmore County received Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding and was in search of assistance with sourcing and coordinating a large volume of orders for their schools. The county’s dedicated account manager at Quill assisted them with solutions that were tailored to meet the district’s needs. By leveraging both the OMNIA Partners cooperative and industry-leading supplier Quill, these education purchasing leaders successfully circumvented the bid process, saving them a “tremendous amount of time” and making a world of difference.


In this video, hear how Alabama purchasing leaders leveraged their cooperative
purchasing organization to achieve savings and spend relief funds.

“It was as simple as putting a contract number on our purchase order. Having a person that we could talk to, to help us and answer questions, and I don’t think we could have asked for anything smoother, really. It went very well,” exclaimed Tilley.

Education purchasing leaders like Celeste Tilley and Cecile Stanford help pave the way for the future of the procurement industry by leveraging cooperative purchasing in their buying strategy. While saving Elmore County money, time, and resources, Quill through OMNIA Partners fulfilled multiple large volume orders that were quickly delivered to various school buildings across the Alabama district.



About Quill

Quill provides the quality and breadth of school and office supplies you need, the values and savings your organization wants, and the best-in-class customer service you deserve. In addition to 400+ bid items and significant category discounts under the OMNIA Partners contract, purchasing from Quill through OMNIA Partners helps support and celebrate Women-Owned business. Learn more about contract offerings from Quill here.

About OMNIA Partners

OMNIA Partners is the largest and most experienced organization in procurement and supply chain management. Covering both the private and public sectors, OMNIA Partners unites industry-leading buying power and world-class suppliers to offer an extensive portfolio of sourcing solutions and partnerships. Learn more about the contracting process here.

Topics: Procurement, K-12 Education