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K-12 Food Products and Distribution

Comprehensive program to drive savings and simplify how you get your food products

Premier has built a program specifically for K-12 foodservice operators with immediate access to more than 300 manufacturer agreements delivered in partnership with our broad line distributor, US Foods. The program includes discounts on more than 300,000 products with a firm fee-per-case pricing structure. You will have access to Premier’s exclusive K-12 solutions, tools and resources assisting operators to maximize their operational savings and efficiencies.

K-12 Foodservice Program Flyer

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Key Products and Services:

  • Distribution across the country through US Foods
  • Contracted products in grocery, dairy, produce, disposables, center-of-the-plate items and more
  • Savings through cost discounts and operational rebates
  • Saving opportunities in foodservice supply and equipment
  • Support staff to ensure success from both Premier and US Foods

Education Furniture

As America’s leading manufacturer and supplier of classroom furniture and equipment, Virco offers thousands of reliable, high-value furniture and equipment solutions for schools. Whether you need furniture that supports collaborative learning or traditional classrooms, libraries, labs or other settings, Virco offers an array of options for all of your on-campus environments. Virco is here to help with our complimentary PlanSCAPE® space-planning and project management service.

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Key Products and Services:

  • Seating/Chairs
  • Freestanding Classroom and School Furniture
  • Early Childhood Furniture
  • Technology Support Furniture
  • Cafeteria Furniture
  • Administrative Office
  • Music, Art, Library, Science Furniture

Specialty Vehicles

Farber Mobile Classrooms advance K-12 education outreach by providing quality, hands-on activities. Students and educators enjoy a high level of exposure to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education as they conduct experiments and simulations in a controlled environment.

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Key Products and Services:

Our STEM Mobile Labs offer:

  • Large assortments of hands-on learning equipment
  • High resolution microscope, Robots, probes and other green technology
  • Document Cameral/Digital Presenter
  • High-powered Speaker System
  • Integration of AV, Data and Images into Lessons
  • Student Response and Assessment

Playground Equipment

GameTime helps schools enrich the lives of children through play. Our products are durable, easy to install and maintain, and backed by the industry’s leading warranty. Combined with standards-based curriculum from our parent company, PlayCore, GameTime is a valuable resource for schools.

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Key Products and Services:

  • Playground Systems
  • Themed Playgrounds
  • Outdoor Fitness Products
  • Sports Equipment
  • Safety Surfacing
  • Education & Curriculum

Playground Equipment

When designed to really promote child development, playgrounds can significantly improve children's health, learning and social interaction. The feeling of pride a child gets from achieving a challenging task on the playground, spills over into the classroom and into their life. At KOMPAN we design products to make play and learning go hand in hand.

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Key Products and Services:

KOMPAN playgrounds:

  • Help to improve grades
  • Teach social norms
  • Reduce problem behavior 
  • Promote healthy children

Science & Lab Supplies

Fisher Science Education offers unmatched product selection for science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum. As the exclusive U.S. Communities supplier of science equipment and products, we offer industry best prices along with a dedicated sales team and product expertise. Find out how you can receive the best pricing on your science supplies!

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Key Products and Services:

  • Broad STEM Offering
  • Custom Kitting Service
  • 1,000+ Educational Chemicals
  • Lab Renovation Tools
  • Teacher Resources
  • Product Specialists

Facility Cleaning & Services

Does your school have the winter blues? Cintas has the the cure.

Cold winter months keep students and faculty indoors for longer hours, causing more dirt to accumulate throughout a facility and germs to spread easily. To combat the spread of infections and accumulation of debris tracked in during the winter, Cintas Corporation offers tips to help promote student and faculty health, safety and productivity.

Learn how you can maintain a healthy learning environment.

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Key Products and Services:

  • Deep clean carpets and floors
  • HVAC cleaning
  • Maintain mats
  • Sanitize high-touch surfaces

    Janitorial Supplies & Equipment

    The Supplyworks In-SiteTM program is a proprietary total cost management solution designed to make education facilities more efficient, healthier and greener. The program has been shown to reduce operating costs by as much as 30%. Our team of sales professionals will guide you through a thorough analysis of your facility’s cleaning practices to provide a comprehensive report and recommendations on actionable items.

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         Success Story: Bristow Public Schools 

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Chemicals
    • Paper
    • Equipment
    • Cleaning Tools & Supplies
    • Safety
    • Janitorial

    Maintenance & Hardware

    The Home Depot can help keep your school on budget with over 100,000 items in-stock at guaranteed lowest shelf prices. Stock up on janitorial and maintenance needs ranging from energy saving light bulbs to cleaning products, air filters and more. Our FREE Pro Xtra loyalty program offers up to a 3% rebate on all purchases, purchase tracking, and exclusive offers.

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    Maintenance and Hardware Supplies

    HD Supply Facilities Maintenance makes upgrading your flooring and ceiling tiles easy, boosting your bottom line saving on maintenance costs and increasing ROI. Learn more about the various options available to choose the best type for your facility by looking at the Flooring and Ceiling Tile Buying Guides

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Vinyl Flooring
    • Carpet Tile
    • Green Flooring
    • Ceiling Tile

    HVAC Products and Services

    Creating high-performance classrooms

    Trane offers HVAC solutions to enhance the learning environment with improved efficiency, comfort, indoor air quality and acoustics; and energy management services to reduce operational costs. Our visually impactful energy dashboards bring the concepts of energy efficiency and sustainability into the classroom, and help promote STEM education.

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Increased student engagement
    • Enhanced teacher performance
    • Better budget management
    • A higher level of success

    Print & Document Management Solutions

    Ricoh solutions for education are designed to enhancing the student experience and save time, money and the environment. We help improve operational and workflow efficiency, share electronic records, remotely access files anywhere, improve student records, data security, reduce instructional delivery costs, paper use and more.

    Case Study: Ricoh Serves as Catalyst for Information Mobility and Sweeping Cost Savings at Shawnee Mission School District

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    Key Products and Services:

    • MFD’s & Printers & Production Systems
    • Portable Smart Boards
    • Campus & Student Mail 
    • File Room Digitization
    • IT Infrastructure
    • Student Records Management
    • Mobile Printing Solutions
    • Production Center Management
    • Testing and Grading Analytics
    • Automate Student Admissions

    Technology Solutions

    Insight Education helps K-12 schools and districts meet the technology demands of today's evolving classroom — from integrating devices to storing data and protecting student information.

    With cost-effective solutions and services, we provide educators with the newest technologies and the technology expertise needed to address all curricula standards in a secure environment. We also offer the tools students need to engage with instruction and become college- and career-ready.

    White Paper: Schools are Data and Device Rich — Can They Also Be Cyber-Secure?

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Tablets, Laptops and PCs
    • Wireless Connectivity
    • Solid Infrastructure
    • Mobile Device Management
    • Data Management
    • Network Security

    Dell Latitute 3150 for $299.99

    Just for K-12 organizations only! Dell + Microsoft have teamed up to offer a special priced Dell Latitude 3150 Notebook. Now, you have an option to Chromebooks with a Latitude attitude. Valid until April 2017.

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    Key Products and Services:

    Dell Latitude 3150 Notebook Features

    • Windows 10 Pro
    • Intel N2840 processor (2.50GHz)
    • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
    • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
    • 4GB memory
    • 11.6" display
    • 32GB SSD

    Windows 10 Anniversary Update

    Equip your students with the tools they need to ready themselves for a successful future and better learning outcomes. Microsoft empowers teachers to create a dynamic learning environment that excites and inspires students to learn and grow and build 21st-century skills like the 4Cs ­— Communication, Critical thinking, Collaboration & Creativity.

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Better learning outcomes
    • Affordable devices and solutions
    • Safety and security
    • Simplified deployment and management

    Technology Solutions

    UNICOM Government provides solutions backed by an in-depth knowledge base, strategic partnerships, and experience in supporting school systems. Our end-to-end solutions can assist educational systems from planning to installation. Our experts can assist with solutions such as: cloud solutions, physical security, mobility, and end user computing.  

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Physical Security
    • System Integration 
    • Managed Roll Outs
    • Mobile Data Solutions
    • Software/Hardware Standardization 

    Emergency Response and Mass Communications

    Safeware-Mallory is committed to making your campus a safer place for your students, faculty, staff, visitors and parents. Our expertise in the public safety and homeland security sectors provides schools, K-12 and higher education, access to the latest solutions for disaster preparedness, surveillance, physical campus perimeter and classroom security including ‘The Boot’, an innovative lock down solution for classroom doors, and recently the nation’s leading cloud-based critical mass communication system, Everbridge.  Every campus should have an emergency action plan; we can help.

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Automatic External Defibrillators
    • First Aid and CPR Products
    • Mass Communication Devices and Notification Systems
    • Personal Protection Equipment, including Law Enforcement Products
    • Physical Security Surveys, Assessments and Lock Down/Keep Out Solutions
    • Shelters, Emergency Lighting, and Triage Supplies
    • Surveillance System Consultation, Upgrades and Implementation

    Auto and Equipment Parts

    Advance Auto Parts has the parts and solutions for K-12 and High Education. We offer everything from small engine parts to golf cart batteries, school bus parts and products for light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles. 

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    Key Products and Services:

    • School Bus Products
    • Light, Medium & Heavy-Duty Batteries
    • Lawn & Garden Products
    • Heavy Duty Breaks
    • Tools & Equipment

    Utility Work Vehicles

    A Strategic Plan. A Single Utility Vehicle Supplier.

    St. Thomas University in Miami once purchased UTVs from several different vendors. "After a Club Car representative designed a strategic transportation plan for us, we began using Club Car Carryall utility vehicles," says Facilities Manager Juan Zamora. "Working with a single vendor and a plan is the way to go."

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Consolidate fleet planning
    • Cut maintenance costs
    • Simplify parts' inventory
    • Streamline training
    • Build a safe fleet
    • Add versatile options

    Electric Work Vehicles

    Boost your school’s versatility by adding a Columbia Summit Utilitruck to your campus’ fleet! With zero emissions, our vehicles can be driven from the gym to the streets with optional LSVs available. All of our vehicles have the extreme range to get more done, leaving you with power to spare!

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Pure Electric Utility Vehicles
    • Heavy Duty Industrial Vehicles
    • Custom Vehicle Solutions

    Educational Solutions

    Eaton's Ephesus lighting provides high-output LED lighting for sports venues of all sizes, including parks and recreation and municipal fields, with the introduction of the All Field Series. The All Field series delivers quality light with features intended for municipal and scholastic sports fields. Download the Ephesus Sports Lighting Product Sheet

    Graybar is a valuable member of school facility management and IT organizations by fulfilling their needs through the U.S. Communities Program. Learn more about our solutions and how Graybar works to your advantage.

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Electrical
    • Lighting
    • Communications
    • Data networking
    • Security Products

     

     

    Roofing Supplies and Related Products and Services Provider

    Extend the service life of your facilities with high-performance materials, comprehensive services, and expert installation using competitively priced local labor. Garland/DBS, Inc provides a single source of responsibility for new construction, reroofing, renovation and repairs, including sustainable solutions.

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Mod-Bit & Standing Seam
    • Cost-saving restorations
    • VOC-free application
    • Eco-friendly materials
    • Leak response program
    • Engineering services

    Education Furniture Solutions

    The educational market plays a pivotal role in the contract furniture industry. As the demand for better and higher education continues to grow, Haworth strives to provide quality products that help all students and faculty accomplish their goals. Haworth offers a wide range of products that fit well in the most prestigious universities to the local elementary schools.

     

    White Paper: Compelling Branded Environments in Higher Education

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Access Floors
    • Moveable Walls
    • System Furniture
    • Seating
    • Storage
    • Wood Casegoods
    • Design and Installation
    • Project Management 

    Education Furniture Solutions

    At Herman Miller, we understand people-how we think, create, and interact. We can partner with you to create the perfect mix of surroundings, furnishings, and tools that will elevate your campus' formal and informal learning spaces. Learn more about innovative solutions!

    Case Study: California State University, Long Beach

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Space Planning and Research
    • Seating and Tables
    • Workstations
    • Filing and Storage
    • Work Tools and Lighting
    • Outdoor Furniture

    Education Furniture Solutions

    Education, Activity, Faculty & Staff Furnishings

    For over 75 years, Knoll has worked with higher education organizations around the world to develop spaces that inspire, evolve and endure. We understand the complexities of planning for inevitable change on campus and the critical need for multipurpose furnishings that can adapt over time.

    White Paper: The Influence of Design on the Learning Environment

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Systems Furniture
    • Tables and Desks
    • Ergonomic Work Chairs
    • Side and Lounge Seating
    • Files and Storage
    • Accessories

    Traffic & Parking Solutions

    TAPCO offers a wide range of traffic control products for the safety and security of schools and surrounding areas. TAPCO's BlinkerSign® LED-enhanced traffic signs catch the attention of drivers and students, keeping roadways safe and controlled.

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    Key Products and Services:

    • BlinkerSign® flashing LED-enhanced signs
    • BlinkerRadar™ dynamic driver feedback signs
    • BlinkerPaddle® flashing LED paddles
    • Wayfinding and directional signage
    • Delineators, markers and pavement marking
    • Outdoor LED lighting, benches, tables, receptacles and bike racks

    Workforce Management Solutions

    Using Kronos in schools and on campus provides a deep level of visibility into your labor costs that can help you manage your most significant cost: your people. When you integrate Kronos with your existing HR/Payroll system, you can discover insights and monitor trends that use data about your workforce and your students.

    White Paper: Seven Little-Know Ways a Workforce Management System Can Benefit Schools

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Workforce Timekeeper
    • Workforce Absence Manager

       

       

       

       

    Staffing Solutions

    Acro’s proven and industry leading Managed Staffing Provider (MSP) solution, using its own web-based Vendor Management System (VMS) XRMSM System, enables clients to streamline and optimize their contingent workforce processes and spend with minimal to no cost increase through automation.

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Single Point of Contact 
    • Teaching/Professional staffing
    • Administrative/Clerical staffing
    • Support/Facilities staffing
    • ISO 9001:2008 Registered Quality
    • Minority Certified Enterprise

    Interpreter & Translation Services

    Language Select aims to create a world where everyone can communicate with anyone and never allow language or cultural barriers to impede clear communication. Our job can be assisting in a life threatening emergency or helping to complete a business transaction. Regardless of the situation, our commitment is to facilitate clear and precise communication by rendering interpretations true to the intended meaning of what was said.

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Phone Interpreting
    • Video Interpreting
    • On-Site Interpreting
    • Written Translation Services

    Elevators & Escalators

    For us at KONE, a great People Flow® experience means enabling people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably in schools. We provide maintenance solutions that ensure smooth operation and, when appropriate, offer modernization solutions for aging equipment. We are committed to helping our customers achieve the best people flow experience at every stage of their building’s life cycle.

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Hydraulic valve: Controls the oil flow required to move and stop the elevator; improves performance and ride quality; and increases availability and may reduce operating expenses for service interruptions.
    • Elevator Soft Starter: Helps prevent your motor from burnout during phase loss
    • Door Detector: Emits light beams through the elevator door and into the landing which are continuously monitored; and dode compliant

    Public Sector Consulting

    Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) is a global firm with a dedicated Public Sector Services practice, focused on solving complex problems, improving performance and driving change. A&M has extensive experience in the education industry working with public, charter and private institutions and philanthropies. Our education team is comprised of senior personnel who have direct transformation experience in both K-12 and Higher Education. A&M Education provides innovative and sustainable financial and operational solutions that better align resources and investment with achievement.

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Strategic and Financial Planning
    • Operational Efficiency/Process Improvement Review
    • Federal Fund Compliance and Management
    • Educational Turnaround Services
    • Facilities Utilization Review and Strategic Planning
    • Interim Management Support

    Travel Solutions

    Are you looking for a travel solution? HotelPlanner is your answer. We are the largest global online group booking site. We provide custom travel solutions that save you money and time, while providing reporting capabilities to manage and streamline travel. Our technology guarantees the lowest hotel rates, and promises ease of use. Allow HotelPlanner’s expertise to be your travel solution. 

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Hotel Rooms
    • Travel Reporting
    • Flight
    • Car Rental 

    Energy Management & Consulting

    Energy Cost Management

    School's rely on Tradition's strategic recommendations for their energy needs. Contact us to learn why 95% of Tradition's clients say that our "strategic recommendations are making a positive or very positive contribution to their enterprise" and why 97% say they are "likely or very likely to use our service again." Click to read about our success with schools.

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    Key Products and Services:

    • Electricity Procurement
    • Natural Gas Procurement
    • Energy Data Management
    • Budgeting & Forecasting
    • Bill Processing & Payment
    • Bill Auditing & Rate Analysis