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Saving over $3 million by requesting bids on a large purchase of classroom computers

Staff planned to buy 20,000 new classroom desktop computers at the state contract price, but Mark pressed for a bidding process. Staff eventually agreed to a quick bidding process among Dell, Hewlett Packard, and Linova, TUSD awarded the contract to Dell and paid $150 per unit less than originally projected. Simultaneous bids of laptop and server contracts produced additional savings. About 30-40% of the new computers have been installed so far, and the rest will be installed over the next several years.