Monday, March 28, 2022

Contract Profile: iboss

iboss Secure Cloud Gateway is a platform that provides comprehensive internet filtering, detailed student and staff reporting, filtering for students while they are at home, and enterprise-grade cybersecurity in one solution. 

There are many pricing options to fit a school's needs using the AEA Purchasing contract! To discuss your needs and receive a quote under our contract, contact:

Eric Bernard
Customer Success Engineer
877-742-6832 ext. 8203 

Be sure to reference "AEA Purchasing Bid Pricing" in all communication with the vendor.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

New Contracts Added to Our Roster!

AEA Purchasing has added MORE contracts to our programs!

As we welcome a new season, we also welcome NEW! vendor partners to our contract roster. Check out who's new below.

(Click on the vendor's name for more information.)

Monday, March 21, 2022

Vendor of the Week: Premier F+E (Meteor Education)

 Premier F+E (Meteor Education) is our current Vendor of the Week! With hundreds of industry-leading manufacturers to select from, Premier F+E – powered by Meteor, is your source for school furniture and equipment.

Iowa schools can save on their purchases from Premier F+E (Meteor Education) by taking advantage of the discounts available through the AEA Purchasing/AEPA contract. To ensure you are receiving the discount, be sure to reference bid #AEA2022.

For a video highlight reel of the story and mission of Premier F+E (Meteor Education), click here. To view the AEA Purchasing/AEPA contract flier, click here. 

Contact Premier F+E (Meteor Education) today to discuss your objectives and to speak with their team of Iowa-based Learning Environment Specialists.

Premier F+E (Powered by Meteor)
Roger Johnson
Bid #AEA2022

*Helpful links for customers:

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Summer Learning with Pitsco

Planning for summer learning? Let AEA Purchasing and Pitsco Education help you out!

Pitsco Education's extensive experience tells us that every out-of-school program comes with unique challenges and goals. their team of former educators utilize their large catalog of hands-on products and curriculum to craft a one-of-a-kind program that fits your needs. From a single product to a total transformative program, no request is too big or too small. Take a look at how we recently enabled one of the largest school districts in the country to deliver a hands-on summer STEM program for their students.

Pitsco's out-of-school STEM learning micropub highlights similar stories from across the country where they've delivered the resources and support needed to craft successful programs - many of which were funded by ESSER. Your summer learning goals are Pitsco's priority!

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

March Program Highlights

Check out what's happening with AEA Purchasing and our fabulous vendor partners this month:

+NEW! Contracts for 2022-23
As we welcome a new season, we also welcome NEW! vendor partners to our contract roster. Check out who's new below! (Click on the vendor's name for more information.)

+Summer 2022 Paper Buy
It's hard to believe...but AEA Purchasing is gearing up for another paper buy! In just a few short weeks, the ordering window for our Summer 2022 paper buy will be open. Keep your eyes on our paper buy profile page for complete details.

+Athletics Purchasing Program
Is your school ready for spring sports and outside PE classes? Our Athletics & PE program covers everything your school might need to support your PE and extra-curricular programs. For a list of vendor partners in this area as well as an outline of products under contract, click here!

+Vendor Promotions
Want to know more about our vendor partners and what they have available? Check out this month's Vendor Promotions folder! Special offers, flyers, and brochures are added daily.

+Social Media
Follow us on social media to see what we are up to! You can find us on Twitter and Facebook!

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

AEA Purchasing: Your LOCAL Purchasing Cooperative

In recent years, there has been a growing trend in the way schools are purchasing the supplies and resources they need. Now, more than ever, schools are moving away from inefficiencies in the procurement process (i.e. soliciting daily quote requests, price checking, time-intensive and costly bids) and moving towards the option of cooperative purchasing.

Simply stated, cooperative purchasing is when two or more entities combine their need for a good or service to leverage their purchasing power. It’s a classic example of strength in numbers. Cooperative purchasing comes with many benefits, such as lower pricing, lower administrative costs, improved response and competition from vendors, and significant time savings (perhaps the greatest benefit).

While there are several purchasing cooperatives doing business today, Iowa schools are fortunate enough to have one located right in their backyard – AEA Purchasing. As an initiative of Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs), the vision of AEA Purchasing is to collaborate with Iowa schools in providing a world-class student experience. Guided by strategic sourcing and sensational service, AEA Purchasing offers ethical procurement services, resources, and support to ensure prudent use of school resources. 

Utilizing a competitive bid process, the staff at AEA Purchasing go to work in soliciting, bidding, evaluating, and managing service and commodity contracts with suppliers so that school procurement staff can allocate their time to more deserving areas. AEA Purchasing does the work so you don’t have to. 

With eight purchasing programs and over 80 contracts, there’s a great chance that AEA Purchasing has a contract for any school’s procurement need. Their purchasing programs and awarded partners cover office/classroom supplies, school foodservice, and everything in between. 

In addition to competitive pricing, AEA Purchasing also offers online shopping and order management via the AEA Purchasing Marketplace. When using the AEA Purchasing Marketplace, shoppers can quickly compare the price of items across all awarded contracts, finding the best price with the click of a button. Shoppers can also build and transfer shopping carts for internal approvals, request quotes from multiple vendors, and track their order status all within one place.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not! AEA Purchasing is a service organization driven by the values of integrity and unity, all while remaining humble. Many of the services we provide are at low or no cost to every public and private K-12 institution in Iowa. What sets us apart from other nationally based purchasing cooperatives is that portions of every dollar spent using our contracts stays in Iowa to support the workforce and educational initiatives in the state. 

For more information on the services and resources available from AEA Purchasing, visit us online at or contact Joni Puffett, Marketing & Vendor Relations Facilitator at If you are planning on attending IASBO’s Spring conference next week, feel free to stop by our booth and visit with us in person!

Vendor Feature: Signal Restoration

Signal Restoration Services (Signal) is a national emergency response restoration company. As a mitigation and restoration specialist, Signal has extensive experience and expertise in disaster recovery, environmental services, cleaning, repair, and reconstruction.

Iowa schools can save on Signal's services by using the AEA Purchasing contract (#021.5-B)! While we never hope you need these services, you can rest easy knowing you have a partner in your corner. 

To learn more about how Signal can serve your school during an emergency (or non-emergency situation), contact:

Keith Knightly

Be sure to reference contract AEPA IFB-021.5 B on all communication with the vendor.

Monday, March 14, 2022

It's Pi-Day!

Celebrate and learn all about Pi-Day with AEA Purchasing and Pitsco Education! Click here to start your learning adventure!

Friday, March 11, 2022

Save on your Athletics & PE Supplies!

AEA Purchasing's Athletics & PE cooperative purchasing program covers everything your school might need to support your PE and extra-curricular programs. Iowa schools can shop and save with cooperative contracts from:

  • Partac Peat
    Partac Peat is an awarded vendor partner providing discounts on Athletic Supplies and Equipment and manufacturer of the Beam Clay® product line. Partac Peat: "We dress your fields, not your players!"

  • Sportime (School Specialty)
    Sportime, a School Specialty company, provides physical activity equipment and sporting goods that have been designed by PE teachers and are driven to motivate children of all ages and all ability levels.

  • Daktronics
    Daktronics designs, manufacturers, builds and installs scoreboards, video displays, electronic message centers, pool timing systems, indoor and outdoor sound systems, and rigging.

  • School Health
    School Health is the leading provider of sports medicine, health supplies, and equipment to the US education market and offers more than 20,000 products offered from over 1000 suppliers.
For contract information, contact us today!

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

2022 Big Book from Pitsco Education!

Pitsco Education offers 1,000s of hands-on products and solutions for PreK-12 learners and is excited to share their new 2022 Big Book catalog with you! It’s their mission to positively affect you and your learners so they can become the citizens of tomorrow. After all, the future is for the making! New to the Big Book this year is an entire early-learning assortment enabling little learners to learn BIG through hands-on discovery and collaboration with their peers. 

Flip through the 2022 Big Book to explore this early learning assortment plus coding, robotics, and STEM/STEAM solutions for all ages, or request a physical copy of the catalog here

If ordering directly from Pitsco, remember to enter promo code AEPA22 during checkout for your exclusive discount of 2% off your purchase plus free shipping on orders of $50 or more. If shopping using the AEA Purchasing Marketplace, the discount is already built into the price you see online.

For product questions or price requests, the team at Pitsco is eager to serve you. Contact Preston or Angela today!

Pitsco Education
Preston Frazier
Education Advisor - Midwest
(office) 800-835-0686, ext. 4559
(mobile) 620-687-7104
Twitter: @PitscoPreston

Angela Watson
Bid Clerk
(office) 800-835-0686 

Thursday, March 3, 2022

LED Lighting Webinar with FSG!

FSG Lighting, is hosting a webinar next week on the uses and benefits of LED lighting as well as how you can save on related products and supplies using the AEA Purchasing contract! 

Join us and learn how upgrading your facility to LED lighting can reduce energy and maintenance costs. Many electric utilities have incentives to help cover the cost of the upgrades. FSG can assist with those programs and applications. 

Webinar: Overview of the AEA Purchasing/AEPA Lighting Contract: 
Approved services that include lighting, sports lighting, disinfection, air quality monitoring, and IOT products
March 9 @ 11 AM Eastern / 10 AM CST

March Vendor Promotions!

Have you checked out the latest info and specials from our vendor partners?
What are you waiting for? 

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

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Air Purifiers from Flaghouse

Flaghouse is pleased to partner with AEPA members to provide portable air purification systems, in support of healthy classrooms and institutional environments.

Contract pricing for Iowa schools can be found here. Be sure to reference bid # AEPA 2020 on all correspondence to insure special pricing.

For additional product information and contract quotes, contact:

Mike Halloway
800.793.7900 (ext. 7613)
Bid reference: AEPA2020