Cooperative PurchasingThe Bucks County Schools Cooperative Purchasing Group was formed by the Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit and includes as members every public school district and area vocational technical school in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Group was formed with the mutual desire of each participant to obtain the best product at the best price for those items bid annually by its members. The concept behind the cooperative purchasing effort is that the consolidation of mutual bids on a regional basis will result in significant savings to each participating member. Savings can result in a number of ways including quantity discounts, reduced administrative and clerical costs and additional expertise provided by those members helping coordinate each bid development and award. The decision of what items to bid and the recommendation of which bids to accept result from suggestions developed by bid committees comprised of members of each participating district.