Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Vendor Profile: School Specialty

From crayons to curriculum to comprehensive learning environments, School Specialty, a long-time AEA Purchasing partner, offers over 150,000 products that are thoughtfully designed to work together to elevate outcomes and transform not just schools, but students themselves.

In partnership with AEA Purchasing, the following brands (and more!) are available under the School Specialty umbrella. 

Click here to learn more about our contracted benefits. To start your own conversation on how AEA Purchasing and School Specialty can best serve your school, contact:

School Specialty
Courtney Kokjohn
(515) 339-7227

Monday, May 22, 2023

 Your district-wide vulnerability assessment is complete. Now is the time to ensure you are using those dollars to empower every school employee to take action and get help in any crisis situation, ranging from a broken bone to a campus-wide threat to safety.

Research tells us that we can decrease the severity of injuries and the number of casualties if we:
● Reduce communication time
● Share precise location
● Alleviate confusion

CENTEGIX CrisisAlert is a K-12, purpose-built solution that solves the challenge of these three factors. Our wearable badge eliminates vulnerabilities related to app-only solutions and enables rapid incident response to every scenario. When an administration builds a culture of safety, teachers, staff, students, and parents feel supported and more secure.

Please feel free to contact AEA Purchasing or CENTEGIX with additional questions.

Matt Young 
Contract # AEPA021-G

Monday, May 15, 2023

Vendor Feature: School Health

School Health is one of AEA Purchasing's awarded vendors serving all your school nursing supply needs. From basic first aid supplies and PPE to larger furniture and equipment, School Health is here to help Iowa schools keep their students, faculty, and staff healthy all year long!

Contract benefits include:
  • Deep discounts on School Health's most popular items
  • 13% off all other items on the site (limited exclusions apply)
  • Free shipping on orders over $125.00
  • Friendly and professional customer service
Product feature! Click here to view information on the MAICO easyTONE audiometer
Product feature! Click here to view information on Fentanyl overdose management

For more information on how to keep your school's first-aid kits and medicine cabinets stocked...and SAVE money while doing so, visit School Health's profile page on our website or contact:

School Health
Danita Jones
Contract # AEPA IFB 022 B

Happy saving!

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Husqvarna Lawn and Garden

Spring has sprung and that means it's time to start thinking about replacing your old landscaping equipment or having discussions about how you take care of your grounds today!

Check out this article regarding how robotic lawn mowing can revolutionize your grounds and create learning environments that are welcoming to all.

Be sure to check out this Husqvarna brochure with recommended products for spring!

In partnership with AEA Purchasing and AEPA, Husqvarna is pleased to provide the best pricing available to public agencies through this contract. This includes:

30% discount on commercial zero-turn mowers
20% discount on handheld outdoor power equipment
10% discount on auto mowers (robotic mowers)
15% discount on attachments and accessories

For more information, contact: 

Contract # 020-E
Patrick Shelley
Industrial Sales Manager

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Vendor Promos for May

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

What are you waiting for? 

Check out our May vendor promotions today! We've got great offers from School Health, Busch Systems, School Specialty, and more!

Content is added throughout the month. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

May Highlights

Here's an update on items of interest from AEA Purchasing!

IASL Book Award Sets
Perfection Learning is providing IASL book award sets (Goldfinch, Children's Choice, Teen, High School) at a discount for the 2023-2024 school year. Ordering is open through August 31. More information may be found here on the AEA Purchasing website. Please contact your AEA Media Director or Laurie Hoing with any questions.

Summer Paper Buy
Our summer paper buy is open. Orders MUST be received by The Paper Corporation before May 19. Click here for more info.

AEA Purchasing School Spirit Shows
Please mark your calendar for the 2023 AEA Purchasing School Spirit Show.  It's the same event with two different locations: Wednesday, August 9 at the Sioux City Convention Center and Thursday, August 10 at the Waterloo Convention Center.  This free event is designed for AEA Purchasing Members, offering four hours of education in the morning and a food show highlighting market basket items in the afternoon.  We'll kick the day off with Family Feud Nutrition Style, including Civil Rights Training, followed by a visit from the Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation discussing Iowa student involvement in the ProStart Program, Chef and Registered Dietitian created recipes with sodium reduction strategies, and we will wrap up morning education with our keynote speaker, Jill Anderson, emphasizing changing "Should to Could''.  You can register for the event here by Friday, June 23, 2023.  

Health & Special Needs Program
Our Health & Special Needs program covers everything your school might need to keep your students, faculty, and staff healthy as well as supply your special education efforts. Click here to see the contracts in this program.

May Vendor Promotions
Click here to gain access to a shared Google Folder with brochures from our vendor partners. Content is added throughout the month.

Follow us on social media to see what we are up to. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook. Our handle is @AEAPurchasing on both platforms!

Monday, May 8, 2023

Vendor Feature: Kajeet

Kajeet, Inc. provides safe and secure wireless Internet connectivity for students, grounded on the beliefs of #EveryStudent, #AlwaysConnected! 

Kajeet joined AEA Purchasing's vendor roster in May of 2021. Contract benefits include savings on the following product and service categories:

  • Telecom Equip & Access: 20% discount
  • Chromebooks equipment: 15% discount
  • Chromebook add-ons: 1% discount
  • Rate Plans: 12% discount
  • Software Licenses: 15% discount
  • Auxiliary Services: 10% discount
  • SmartBus: 10% discount

Kajeet Solutions include:
If your school is interested in learning more about how Kajeet can keep your students connected, contact:

Ryan Stanley | Business Development Executive

For contract pricing, be sure to reference "AEPA IFB 021.5 D" on all communication with the vendor.

Monday, May 1, 2023

Contract Profile: Quill.com

Quill.com is an AEA Purchasing vendor partner providing everyday low prices on the key essentials for your school and office.

Contract benefits include:
  • Free shipping on orders over $25
  • Catalog discounts:
    • 5% on Computer Peripherals and Office Machines
    • 10% on Furniture
    • 10% on Ink and Toner
    • 17% on Office, Classroom and Instructional Supplies
    • 17% on Copy Paper
  • and so much more!
For your next supply run, point your browser to Quill.com! 

Contract codes are AEPA IFB 023-C (office supplies, equipment) and AEPA IFB 023-D (school supplies).