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MREA and Montana Cooperative Services extend an invitation to join the growing number of schools and counties participating in our cooperative bids program.



MREA and MCS Announce New

School Safety Services

During the last legislative session MREA worked closely with Senator Fred Thomas on the successful passage of SB 348 which provides resources for schools to address school safety issues.

In follow-up to SB 348 MREA-MCS is now pleased to announce a new partnership with Marsden Services which can provide School Safety and Security solutions that include: Comprehensive School Safety Assessments, Consulting, Compliance Support, Preventive Measures, and System Integration. Ordering is done "a la carte" allowing for services and productsto be customized to meet each school district's individual needs.

Some of the items included: video cameras, touchpad entry systems, motion detectors,and a tremendous variety of others.

Marsden Services brings over 50 years of industry experience and will be there every step of the way to answer questions and help find the right solutions to meet your requirements.

Please feel free to contact James Rice of Marsden Services at 513-668-3206 or jrice@marsden.com with questions about offerings available through this exciting new agreement and let him know you are a member of MCS!


Benefits of the MCS Purchasing Program:

Volume Counts! The combined purchasing power of MCS working with 25 other states and serving over 27 million students creates substantial discounts on products and services.

Convenient Ordering! Purchase directly from the companies and order only what you need when you need it.

Favorite Brands—Excellent Quality! You’ll find your favorite brands all at lower prices. Quality is guaranteed, as every product in the program meets strict content and pricing criteria.

Satisfies Bid Requirements!

Mission Statement

To save members time and resources by exploring and solving present and future purchasing needs, creating partnerships, and obtaining the very best pricing available through a national competitive bid process- such that excellent quality and service are provided to all of our members in a measurable and cost-efficient manner.

About the MCS Program:

MCS (Montana Cooperative Services) bids for products and services for member schools under Montana state statute section 20-9-204. These bids then become available exclusively to our members. Companies enjoy the volume associated with being with MCS and schools enjoy the lower price that volume purchasing can bring and also the convenience of not having to go out to bid themselves. MCS is a member of the AEPA, Association of Educational Purchasing Agencies. This Association is comprised of 26 states that cooperatively bid for products to obtain volume discounts which are then passed on to all members. Schools and other non-profit entities in Montana are eligible for membership in MCS. Purchasing and pricing is done by contacting the appropriate company and letting them know you are a member of MCS. The “Catalog and Order Info." page detail how to order from each company. The cost of joining is $1.00/student with a maximum of $1200/school. MCS has been serving schools since 2001.

MCS...Over 25 states bidding nationally together
with contracts awarded locally here in Montana!

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