The CTPA serves over 1.5 million students with a collective desire to share experiences, tools and knowledge.
The History of the CTPA
In 2003, the concept for the CTPA was spawned from the desire by a few central Texas districts to find an efficient and effective means of sharing resources and information. As the word spread more districts showed an interest, the concept developed into a formal alliance. The total number of founding districts was 13. The alliance now boasts over 230 Texas school districts representing millions of students!
In its short existence, CTPA has already developed into an invaluable communication channel between the member districts allowing for the frequent exchange of information and ideas. The value and status of the alliance is being recognized by TASBO and many districts statewide. We are only at the beginning of CTPA's capabilities.
CTPA provides its members with many more opportunities to experience cost saving measures and improved efficiencies within each member district’s purchasing organization.
CTPA is unlike purchasing cooperatives where the emphasis is strictly on developing bids. CTPA’s major focus is purchasing-professional development, through information sharing, mentoring, and exchange of purchasing tools and processes.
It is not to say that CTPA doesn’t address consolidated purchasing opportunities. Where members find it beneficial, bids are shared or sometimes led by one member district, allowing others to save on resources while reaping the benefits of bettering pricing because of the joint participation.
The CTPA is made up exclusively of school district purchasing representatives, with a collective desire to share experiences, tools and knowledge. CTPA is an administrative agency created in accordance with Section 791.001 of the Texas Government Code.