Sharing an email from a CPS parent who offers some alternatives to $5 million Staples contract. Tim Cawley told schools to get "very creative" with their budgets. Why isn't he applying the same to Central Office expenditures?
Hi Wendy. I was reading an article in the paper today about the amount CPS plans to spend on office furniture for their HQ move. I am an office furniture dealer in Chicago, I live in Chicago, and my child attends a CPS school ( Mitchell Elementary). I am wondering how to propose to CPS to perhaps consider purchasing used or refurbished furniture, which in general is a cost savings of 70%. Also, repurposing the furniture that they have existing. Without knowing exactly what their floor plans are, but speaking in general, I feel I can save CPS a lot of money, which would in turn go back into our schools...hopefully! And, this action is also beneficial to the environment.
I also am concerned that they would use a non-local supplier...one that does not generate revenues and taxes for the City & State. I don't know if you have any way of directing me, but I woud love to see what they are planning on buying and give a proposal to cut their costs.
If you have a chance, please advise.
S. Stein & Company