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About School Specialty

National IPA is pleased to offer the following solutions with School Specialty:
  • • School Supplies (Contract #R141608 awarded by Region 4 Education Service Center)
  • • Athletic and Physical Education Supplies and Uniforms (Contract #R151103 awarded by Region 4 Education Service Center)

Contract details available in tabs to the left.


School Specialty understands that, as an educator, your main goal is to help students reach their full potential. That's why we've teamed with National IPA, so you can help your students succeed within your budget.

Through our partnership, you receive:

  • 35% off List Price (for items with 8 or 9 prefixes)

  • Exclusive National IPA market basket with more than 800 high-demand products with even deeper discounts (ask your local School Specialty Account Manager for details)

  • 12% off list price for all furniture items with a 6 or 7 prefix

  • Free shipping on all truck delivered items – items with 6 or 8 prefixes – That's all non-parcel furniture and equipment – SHIPS FREE

  • Free shipping on parcel orders of $49 or more - items with 7 or 9 prefixes

  • National IPA member rebate program

  • Discounts on supplies, and loose and contracted furniture and equipment with contract #R141608 

  • Discounts on physical education and extra-curricular products with contract #R5207


Greg Harbaugh

VP of Business Development
Phone: 856-217-8307

Customer Care
National Phone Number:
Mon-Fri: 7:30am-5:00pm
National Fax Number:

Online / Electronic Orders and Inquiries

P: 800.513.2465
F: 800.513.2467

Regional Sales Managers

Regional Manager     E-mail     States Covered
Jim Curtis     Maine, New Hampshire, Massachussetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island
Tom Ryan     New York
Jason Hagerman     New Jersey, Eastern PA, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC
Dale Leach     Western PA, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan
Dawn Matton     Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, 
Mike Mapes     Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
Jessica Armijo     Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona
Patrick Fisk     Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas
Jeff Boyer     Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah
Brad Glover     California, Nevada
Dan Templeton     Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana


Competitively solicited and publicly awarded by: Region 4 Education Service Center
Contract #141608
Contract Term: February 01, 2015  through January 31, 2019 

  • Save an additional 35% off list price
  • Free Freight on orders over $49 on items that begin with "7" or "9" prefix
  • Deeply Discounted Market Basket Items
  • 28% off Catalog Price on Frey Scientific items

Competitively solicited and publicly awarded by: Region 4 Education Service Center
Contract #R151103
Contract Term: October 01, 2015  through September 30, 2018

SSI Guardian

A successful security initiative requires a comprehensive approach that includes performance based product solutions. Having the right products specific to your organization’s needs is critical and only those that are code compliant and performance proven should ever be considered.

SSI Guardian offers a wide range of security and safety-related products to help you address any risk challenge your school may face. Through School Specialty Inc., our national distribution network currently supplies value added solutions to over 90% of K-12 schools in America. We are continually seeking new and innovative performance based products that will help make education facilities and workplace environments safer. 

Together with National IPA, SSI Guardian brings you best-in-class safety and security products, all under your current contract.  Contact your National IPA or School Specialty representative for more details.

Go Green and Save Time, Money and the Environment
School Specialty believes that the environment is a precious gift. We take our commitment to the environment very seriously given that our environmental choices will help teachers and the students they serve understand the importance of making such a commitment themselves.
Respecting the environment is more than a good business practice – it is the right thing to do. We understand, acknowledge, and accept our responsibility for developing sustainable practices that meet our customers' needs and our financial goals while taking into account the welfare of future generations and their dependence on a healthy environment.
Go Paperless
Going paperless is a meaningful way to reduce carbon emissions and help save our planet. But it can also help save you time and money – and simplify your life – while you're at it. Below are three ways Schools Specialty can help:
  1. Paperless shopping: Did you know that School Specialty makes most of our catalogs available for browsing online? You can browse or search for specific products, and then simply click on an item to add it to your order. The best part? No paper catalogs to clutter up your desk – or the local landfill.
  2. Paperless ordering: We've seen a dramatic rise in schools and institutions that have opted to send and receive orders electronically. Our nationally recognized team has experience in linking into most major education systems, including Lawson, Skyward, eSchool, Bitech, SAP, Peoplesoft, Munis, Unifund, Periscope and others, as well as supporting all standard XML and EDI formats. Contact us for a FREE analysis of your system.
  3. Paperless invoicing: Want to get rid of mailed invoices? We offer two great choices, delivering invoices via email or directly to your accounting system. It not only helps reduce paper, it keeps you more organized!
By reducing the demand for paper, we can save millions of trees and significantly lower CO2 emissions. We can also reduce consumption of the resources used to produce and transport paper, such as water and fossil fuels. Finally, we can reduce the methane released from paper as it decomposes in landfills. With global warming progressing at a rapid pace, every reduction is a positive step in the right direction.
Dedicated to Our Green Strategy
School Specialty has invested in resources as part of our commitment to preserving and protecting the environment.
  • We reduced our overall paper consumption by 31%, or 3,594 tons, from 2006 to 2009. According to Conservatree, this represents over 27,000 trees.
  • We produce almost all of our marketing materials through environmental leaders in the printing industry. They recycle scrap paper and focus on ink waste, ink recovery, and formulating inks that are more eco-friendly.
  • We encourage the use of recycled content, reject paper with components from endangered or ecologically-sensitive areas and require paper suppliers to obtain fiber from forests managed under credible forest certification programs.
  • All offices and distribution centers are required to recycle all aluminum, paper, plastic and glass.
  • All purchased corrugate contains a minimum of 60% post-consumer recycled content.
  • 14.8% of our core products are environmentally preferable –this means they are made from recycled materials, green seal certified, energy star rated, energy efficient, non-toxic, or biodegradable, green-label certified to improve indoor air quality, SCS (Scientific Certification Systems) certified or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) trademarked.
At School Specialty we are proud of our efforts and accomplishments in environmental stewardship, and we recognize that they are just a start. Each day we learn more about what we can do to improve and enhance our efforts to protect and preserve our environment for the benefit of generations to come. Improving on our green strategy is a never-ending process.
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