By The Associated Press
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education says buying supplies in bulk helped county school systems save more than $2.2 million in 2013.
The board learned this week that the state's eight Regional Education Service Agencies made the savings possible through a cooperative service agreement in place since 2011.
The agreement allows counties to buy instructional supplies and school-related necessities such as custodial supplies at a bulk rate.
The agreement also allowed counties to purchase more than $8.1 million in items such as athletic fields, modular buildings, computers, technology-related items, and copiers at a discounted rate.
The state has similar agreements for bulk purchases of paper, food, milk, natural gas and petroleum-based fuels.