The History of the CTPA

The concept for the Central Texas Purchasing Alliance (CTPA) was spawned from the desire by a few central Texas districts to find an efficient and effective means of sharing resources and information.  As the word spread more districts showed an interest and over the past year the concept developed into a formal organization.

In its short existence CTPA has already developed into an invaluable communication channel between the member-districts allowing for the frequent exchange of information and ideas. The value and status of the organization is being recognized by TASBO and many districts statewide.

The CTPA model is being used to help structure a similar alliance in the Dallas area. This is only the beginning. CTPA will provide its members with many more opportunities to experience cost saving measures and improved efficiencies within each district’s purchasing organization.

CTPA is not like the many “Purchasing Cooperatives” that are popping up throughout the state, where emphasis is strictly on developing bids. CTPA’s major focus is purchasing-professional development, through information sharing, mentoring, and exchange of purchasing tools and processes.

It is not to say that CTPA doesn’t address consolidated purchasing opportunities. Where members find it beneficial, bids are shared or sometimes led by one member district, allowing others to save on resources while reaping the benefits of bettering pricing because of the joint participation.

The CTPA is made up exclusively of school district purchasing representatives, with a collective desire to share experiences, tools and knowledge. CTPA is an administrative agency created in accordance with Section 791.001 of the Texas Government Code.

Jamie Spiegel, Executive Director, CTPA,
at Round Rock Independent School District
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Latest NewsQuick Resources

CTPA a part of an Affiliation with TASBO - 01/27/15
CTPA members that are current members of Texas Association of School Business Officials ("TASBO") will receive continuing education credits for participating in CTPA meetings as a part of the Capitol Area ASBO (Region XIII) affiliate. Ms. Cristy Soars of Leander ISD has volunteered to be the chair for the CTPA subaffiliate. The Capitol Area ASBO affiliate meets most months at the TASBO headquarters.

New Member Districts for 2015 - 2016 - 01/27/15
The Central Texas Purchasing Alliance (CTPA) welcomes the new member district(s) that joined during the 2015 - 2016 years:
Ysleta ISD
Florence ISD
Henrietta ISD
Tyler ISD
Little Elm ISD
Allen ISD
Clint ISD
Southwest ISD
Alief ISD
Bowie ISD
Robstown ISD
Garland ISD
Clear Creek ISD
Copperas Cove ISD
Marble Falls ISD
Conroe ISD
Spring ISD
Liberty Hill ISD
Houston ISD
Aldine ISD

New Officers and Directors Named for 2015 - 2017 - 01/27/15
At the April 2015 quarterly meeting, the following new officers were elected for the 2015-2017 time frame.

President: Michael Ashmore, Judson ISD
Vice President: Martha Smith, Hays CISD
Secretary: George Ybarra, Killeen ISD
Treasurer: Nancy York, Navarro ISD