COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System's procurement department recently received a national award.
The National Purchasing Institute presented the department with the 17th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award for 2012 at a recent conference.
The award recognizes organizational excellence in procurement by measuring innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership attributes of the procurement function.
"The AEP award is both an honor and a responsibility," said Greg Goins, procurement coordinator for the school system, in a press release. "It is an honor, because it recognizes the hard work, dedication and professionalism of our team. And because public procurement standards will continue both to evolve and be enhanced, we have the ongoing responsibility to improve our efficiency, skills and expertise."
The procurement department is responsible for procuring the goods and services needed by NCSS and also provides daily courier service to all school system facilities, according to the NCSS website.
AEP awardees obtain a score on a rating of standardized criteria -- for NCSS it was 115 out of 130. The system was one of only 17 school systems nationwide to receive the award for 2012.
"Attainment of this award provided an opportunity to compare our processes against nationally recognized best practices and we are very pleased with the outcome," said Michael Barr, director of support services for the school system. "The award demonstrates our overall commitment to continuous improvement and the use of effective procurement strategies."
Dr. Dennis Carpenter, deputy superintendent for Operations at NCSS, praised the department at a recent meeting of the Newton County Board of Education.
"We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of professionals serving in the district's procurement division," he said in the press release. "Given that the commitment to excellence of both Mr. Mike Barr and Mr. Greg Goins has been formally recognized by the Governmental Procurement Association of Georgia in recent years, this most recent national recognition is demonstrative of the upward professional progression I have grown to expect from our procurement division."
When asked by the Citizen Wednesday, Carpenter declined to give details of any recent, specific accomplishments or changes in the department that may have led to the award.