REMC SAVE Overview
The REMC Statewide SAVE Project is provided as a service of the REMC Association of Michigan for all Michigan schools. The Project provides large volume contracts for a variety of educational resources. By using REMC SAVE contracts, Michigan schools have saved more than $500 million since 1990. Each tax dollar saved through this cooperative effort represents another dollar that is available for additional instructional needs.
Save schools both time and money by providing bids compliant with the Michigan Revised School Code, allowing schools to buy without bidding.
- Conduct bid process compliant with state bidding law.
- Provide easy access to information and resources from awarded vendors or manufacturers.
- Award products based on: specifications, price, quality, and customer satisfaction.
- Provide manufacturer and vendor contact information.
- Utilize quality standards to ensure compatibility with school needs and networks.
- Provide schools with statewide volume prices regardless of order size.
- Contract pricing cannot increase for the duration of the contract.
- Catalog discount percentages cannot decrease for the duration of the contract.
Project Committee and Staff
The REMC SAVE Bid Project is directed by the REMC Association SAVE Committee. It is managed through a fiscal agent agreement with Ingham ISD. REMC SAVE staff manage bid policies and procedures to comply with Michigan Revised School Code. The Committee is made up of the following people:REMC Members
- Andy Mann, REMC 4
- Bill Thompson, REMC 18
- Dennis Buckmaster, REMC 18N
- Jamie Huber, REMC 3
- Kevin Clark, REMC 11
- Laura Cummings, REMC 17
- Melinda Waffle, REMC 12E
- Mike Oswalt, REMC 12E
- Robert Frost, REMC 10
- Ron Houtman, REMC 8
- Shannon Degan, REMC 15
- Steve Michaels, REMC 20
- Steve Schmunk, REMC 21
- Sue Schwartz, REMCAM Executive Director
- Tim Davis, REMC 2N
- Tina Tribu, REMC 12W
The legislation that established REMCs (Michigan Compiled Laws Act 451 Section 380.671), and State Board of Education Rules, enable REMCs to bid on behalf of local school districts and also provide local school districts with the authority to purchase using REMC contracts. All items and vendors are awarded through a sealed bid process by the REMC $AVE Bid Project fiscal agent, Ingham ISD.
The following agencies are eligible to purchase using the REMC SAVE Bid Project contracts:
- PreK-12 Public, Charter (PSA) and Non-Public Schools
- Community Colleges, Universities and Colleges
- Public Libraries
- State, County, and Local Government Agencies
- Educational Non-profit Organizations
- Health Care Facilities
Product Selection Process
The REMC Statewide SAVE Bid Project has adopted processes for product and vendor selection.
Teachers, administrators and support staff have recommended products for consideration. Product selection criteria include: specifications, price, product quality and customer satisfaction. Product specifications reflect educational needs, customer input, technology changes and past experience with products.
This project is partially funded by a grant from the REMC Association of Michigan. In addition, all awarded vendors are charged a small administrative fee.
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