This was not your typical neighborhood yard sale.
The Office of Distribution Services and the Department of Teaching and Learning combined forces to give schools access to mass amounts of inventory and supplies in the school division’s distribution center.
Distribution services staff set up more than 50 pallets and several tables of instructional materials. Teachers, assistant principals and principals could stop by to pick up items they wanted/needed to use at their school. Some of the items available were: microscopes, gravel, flashlights, magnets, copper wire, scales, seeds, books and pamphlets concerning earth movements-weather watching- weather forecasting, test tubes, specimen bottles and items needed to make electromagnets.
“Representatives from nearly every elementary school attended,” she said, “and – in the true spirit of a yard sale – some were there before the doors even opened!”
Distribution services staff is currently in the process of implementing an inventory software program to account and track all items delivered, distributed and temporarily stored in the distribution center. The inventory program will be fully functional by January 2015 and will require an ongoing physical inventory of all items in the Distribution Center.
Since instructional materials from teaching and learning occupy approximately 30 percent of the shelving space, the yard sale reduced the number of items that had to be inventoried as well as provided valuable shelving space to manage remaining stock more efficiently.
“The environment was similar to kids in a candy store – I have never seen so many adults excited and happy about having additional materials for their schools,” said Eric Woodhouse, director of Distribution Services. “It was a good feeling to know that valuable instructional resources was made available to classroom teachers for meeting the academic needs of our students.”
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