Sourcewell and Technology Collaborative Agree on Plan to Continue Services for School Districts
Both Sourcewell and TIES were established with a single mission – to support schools so that they can, in turn, deliver student success. Keeping our members front of mind as we move forward will ensure we make the best decisions possible and set both organizations up for success.
The Sourcewell (formerly National Joint Powers Alliance) board of directors and the Technology Information and Educational Services (TIES) executive committee have executed the plan to bring TIES under Sourcewell governance. Both entities recognize the pressing need of K-12 schools to keep pace with technology.
Individually, schools often find it difficult to pay for technology and staffing needed to operate their complex organizations and set their students up for success. Sourcewell’s plan is to couple the expertise, technology offerings, and select assets of TIES with its resources and service focus to better meet districts’ needs.
“Technology is an operational cornerstone for every organization and schools are no different,” said Dr. Chad Coauette, Sourcewell executive director/CEO. “Technology plays a role in planning lunches, bus routes, parent-teacher communication, activities scheduling, student learning and intervention, and more. It is important districts have a trustworthy partner who understands their specific needs.”
Sourcewell will continue to provide technology products, support, and services to school districts formerly served by TIES. The TIES staff and its portfolio of products and services will be governed by a joint powers group made up of Sourcewell and Metro ECSU board members.
“Both Sourcewell and TIES were established with a single mission – to support schools so that they can, in turn, deliver student success,” said Coauette. “Keeping our members front of mind as we move forward will ensure we make the best decisions possible and set the organization up for success.”
Sourcewell (formerly National Joint Powers Alliance) is a self-supporting government organization, partnering with education, government, and nonprofits to boost student and community success. Created in 1978 as one of Minnesota’s nine service cooperatives, we offer training and shared services to our central-Minnesota members. Throughout North America, we offer a cooperative purchasing program with over 300 awarded vendors on contract. Sourcewell is driven by service and the ability to strategically reinvest in member communities.