By Patricia Montague, CAE, SNA Chief Executive Officer 2016-09-09 03:43:21
Procurement Practices and Other Priorities for a New School Year PROCUREMENT. It’s one of the top training topics identified by SNA members in any survey regarding professional development needs. As the interest has heightened in recent years, SNA has responded, offering more education sessions on procurement at national conferences, establishing a Procurement Task Force and devoting this month’s School Nutrition to this important topic. The Procurement Task Force was comprised of members from school districts, as well as industry. Their purpose was to explore the current state of procurement in the school nutrition segment. Over the years, K-12 operators and industry members alike have expressed frustration and concerns about the lack of procurement knowledge and proficiency. In order to better understand all the issues, the Task Force outlined the many steps involved in the process, while identifying what’s working well—and what isn’t. The culmination of this important work will be a white paper that will be published this fall and available for downloading on SNA’s website; a preview excerpt appears on page 24. The work does not end there. SNA’s 2016-17 Plan of Action includes the development of a procurement training series and the creation of a special section on SNA’s website where members can access tools to help enhance their procurement practices. SNA will need help in populating those web pages, and we will be looking to many of you to share your tools, templates and tips. We’re already hard at work on other initiatives that have come out of the Association’s Strategic Plan. We will continue to support Professional Standards by offering training and other resources, including the new SNA Learning Plan. Of course, advocacy will be front and center, as we continue to push for the passage of a Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, while opposing the block grant threat. SNA ended 2015-16 with more than 58,000 members—a 15-year high!—so be assured we won’t let up in our efforts to promote the Association to school nutrition professionals at all levels. Those are some of our goals. How about you? As you begin the new school year, I challenge you to recommit to your profession and your own professional development by setting some robust but achievable goals. It could be attending a webinar for the first time, increasing your level in the SNA Certificate Program or volunteering to serve on an Association committee or help with a new initiative. Here’s to a great year serving America’s future, each and every school day.
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