Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Vendor Feature: IPI

AEA Purchasing and Iowa Prison Industries (IPI) have been partners for a number of years. The partnership began as a way for schools to save money as well as support other state program initiatives that serve a greater good. 

IPI carries a wide variety of products for your school. They stand behind their products and all are covered by a total satisfaction guarantee in addition to a limited lifetime warranty. 

Products under our partnership include:

  • Engraving and Retirement Gifts
  • Facilities: Air Filters, Chemicals & Cleaning Supplies
  • Furniture: Classroom, Library, Office, Outdoor
  • Lockers: Hall & Gym
  • Personalized Apparel
  • Signs: ADA Pictograms, Parking Lot, Interior and Exterior
  • Vehicle Decals & Markings
Iowa schools receive a 2% discount on all standard furniture, facilities and sign products available on the IPI website.

For more information, reach out to the friendly staff at IPI directly:

Albert Carr IV, Sales

Michele Anderson, Education Customer Service

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Upcoming Webinar on Real Time Web Filtering

Join AEA Purchasing and Deledao for a FREE webinar on real-time web filtering for schools.

You may not even know it, but your students are using school devices to spend hours on Google Site games and non-educational YouTube videos. Join this webinar co-hosted by AEA Purchasing and Deledao to see for yourself the difference in student productivity when using a real-time AI web filter.

Webinar: Real-Time Web Filtering for Schools
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Time: 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Register here

Feel free to forward this invite to anyone who you think might be interested in attending.

Preview what Deledao has to offer here. (YouTube video)

AEA Purchasing is formed under the Code of Iowa as a 28E entity and is an initiative of Iowa’s Area Education Agencies.  The goal of AEA Purchasing is to combine the purchasing power of Iowa school districts to offer aggressive pricing on materials, goods and services.

Deledao is a state-of-the-art browser-level AI solution that monitors and alerts (in real time) when student web/email activity involves self-harm, drugs or related content.

We hope you'll consider joining us!

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Changes to our Winter 2021 Paper Buy!

The time is quickly approaching for AEA Purchasing's winter paper buy! But before we can tell you more, we wanted to make sure you were aware of a very important change coming to our ordering process. 

Effective with the Winter 2021 Paper Buy (opening late November), order forms will only be accessible via the AEA Purchasing Marketplace. 

If you have yet to register with our Marketplace, the time to do so is now! 

Get registered today and become familiar with the portal and avoid ordering confusion when it counts!

To register, go to and view the "Registration Tutorial". 

1. While completing the process, your school district should pop up once you begin typing your school district's name in the "Agency/School District" field.

2. If you are a school district, be sure to register with your school name and not your local AEA.

3. Marketplace registration only needs to happen if you are not already registered.

If you encounter any problems with registration or have questions, please reach out to Laurie for assistance. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Contract Feature: Rosetta Stone

Looking for support in language instruction? For the past several years, AEA Purchasing has been partnering with Rosetta Stone to offer Iowa schools and education agencies with negotiated savings on their popular platform.

Rosetta Stone can be used to support or supplement any of the following language learning acquisition programs:

  • Early enrichment
  • English Language Learning (ELL)
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Before/after school programs
  • Adult ed/adult ELL
  • Professional language development (faculty, staff)
  • Special education
  • Dual language immersion
  • World language expansion
  • High school language classes
  • Summer programs
  • Credit recovery/intervention
For license quotes, software information and general questions, please contact: 

Rosetta Stone
Sandra Quiroz

Be sure to reference "AEA Purchasing" at the time of request or on your PO!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Standardized Recipes for Holiday Celebrations

Looking for standardized recipes for your holiday celebrations? Check out the Menu Planning and Recipes page from the Iowa Department of Education Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services!  

You will find links to many recipe resources, including the Institute of Child Nutrition's Child Nutrition Recipe Box, offering recipes for Pumpkin Muffin Squares, Mac Salad, and Broccoli Salad.  

Indiana Sizzling School Lunches has Chef Cyndie's recipes, such as Super Yum Salad & Butternut Squash Bake.  

The New School Cuisine Cookbook is available for free download on the Vermont FEED website.  Recipes include Pumpkin Pancakes and a Vermont Maple Apple French Toast Bake. 

If you have a delicious standardized holiday recipe to share, please send to Meg Brink at and we'll include in our NEW shared drive: AEA Purchasing Foodservice Member Information - Standardized Recipes.  

Thank you for all of the delicious offerings!

Friday, October 15, 2021

October Vendor Promotions

Have you checked out the latest info and specials from our vendor partners? 

What are you waiting for? 

Check out our October promotions today! New content is added daily.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Vendor Feature: Centegix

CENTEGIX™ innovates technology to save and enrich lives with the push of a button through their CrisisAlert™ solution. Their easy-to-use solution allows staff and administrators to immediately handle any situation, anywhere on the premises.

In partnership with AEPA and AEA Purchasing, contract pricing for this emergency alert solution is not available!

Learn about CrisisAlert hardware, software and strategic integrations here or download this PDF.

To speak one-on-one with Centegix and learn more about the benefits of CrisisAlert, contact:

Tara Heaton

*Be sure to reference contract code "AEPA021-G" on all vendor correspondence.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Fire Loss? Call Servicemaster Recovery Management (SRM)

In honor of fire prevention week (Oct. 3-9), Servicemaster Recovery Management (SRM) has a few tips to share when it comes to fire prevention.

Did you know that SRM's services are now included under AEA Purchasing's disaster recovery contract? Pricing for services has been competitively bid by AEPA and awarded locally by AEA Purchasing.

For individual quotes on services, please contact:

Trent Herman
National Sales & Marketing Manager

For any loss emergency, call SRM (ServiceMaster Recovery Management) 24 hours a day at 800-245-4622. Calling this number will begin the loss process and ensure you receive full benefits of this contract (AEPA-021.5 contract).

Click here for more information on the loss reporting process.