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Apr 5, 2013 7:32 PM by Akeam Ashford

Co-Op to Save School Districts Money

Several school districts who say they were tired of paying too much for basic school supplies worked together to create the District Cooperative of Louisiana (DCL). Vermilion Parish Superintendent Jerome Puyau, and his counterparts in Evangeline and Acadia Parishes, say by joining forces they can get more supplies and resources for less money.

"Through the District Cooperative of Louisiana, we're going to be able to stretch the money that they have invested into much more, because we're doing it responsibly," says Puyau.

The Co-Op will negotiate a discounted price on basic school supplies with private companies. Essentially, they are using the power of large numbers to buy more. Districts will be able to save money on computers, software, and textbooks.

Puyau says the goal of the Co-Op is to help school districts save money, "which will hopefully trickle down to families too."

The Vermilion and Evangeline Parish School Boards have signed with the Cooperative; the Acadia Parish School Board will vote Monday to decide whether they will join as well. The group hopes to have all 68 school districts in the state to take part.

Akeam@katctv.com

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