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September 15, 2015


Pictured (L-R): Mike Barr, Executive Director of Operations; Carolyn Hill, Procurement and Facilities Planning Specialist; James Freeman, Surplus and Inventory Assistant; Cory Craver, Procurement and Facilities Planning Specialist; and Greg Goins, Procurement Coordinator.

The Newton County School System has been awarded the prestigious 20th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award (AEP) for 2015 from the National Purchasing Institute (NPI).   The award recognizes excellence in procurement by measuring organizations against standardized benchmarks that represent best practices within the profession. These criteria include innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity, and leadership.  The Newton County School System was one of five school systems in Georgia and one of only 25 school systems throughout the United States and Canada to receive the award for 2015. This is the fourth consecutive year the procurement department has won the AEP Award.

“I continue to be impressed by our team,” said Greg Goins, procurement coordinator for the school system.  “The emphasis on planning and problem solving enables them to produce a volume of quality work far beyond their organizational size.  They are cognizant their work and resources are a stewardship connected to both the school system and the taxpayer.  Through regular analysis and feedback, we learn from our efforts and hold one another accountable for results. I am fortunate to work with such a fine group of people. I am equally proud to see their accomplishments recognized by leaders in the procurement profession through the AEP award.”

“The receipt of this award, involvement in state public procurement organizations, attainment of nationally recognized procurement certifications, and use of sound procurement practices demonstrate the team’s ongoing commitment to excellence,” said Michael Barr, executive director of operations for the school system.  “I am proud and appreciative of their efforts.”

In addition to NPI, the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award is sponsored and recognized by over a dozen professional public procurement associations and organizations, including the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP), and the National Institute of Governmental Procurement (NIGP).

For more information, contact Mr. Mike Barr, executive director of operations for Newton County School System, at