Recommendations and Relationships With Vendors Matter in ‘Onerous’ Procurement Process

Washington District Superintendent Relies on Referrals, Team Feedback

Associate Editor

Ask Susan Enfield, the superintendent of the Highline, Wash. public schools, how her district makes buying decisions, and she is quick to explain the financial pressures top K-12 administrators face.

Procurement is a “pretty onerous process for us,” she said.

The reason?

“It’s not actually because we’re masters of bureaucracy, but because we are bound by state and…

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