Summer Lovin': Refresh and Renew your Campus this Summer

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By Susan Kimmel, Director of the Purchasing Consortium 

As the spring sun morphs into glaring summer beams, it’s time for a little summer lovin’ for the campus and its dedicated staff and faculty at independent schools.

  • Facilities staff turn into magical beings wielding power washers and paintbrushes, turning dull surfaces into works of art.

  • Technology departments embark on a quest to refresh servers and renew software faster than you can say "Ctrl+Alt+Del."

  • The business office balances budgets with the precision of a tightrope walker and creates graphs worthy of a Fields Medal!

  • And let's not forget about human resources, where the summer months are a whirlwind of activity as they refresh their strategies for recruiting and retaining staff, all while rewriting policies and creating the perfect employee handbook.

So, as the rest of us lounge by the pool sipping lemonade, think about these unsung heroes of the independent school world, toiling away to ensure that when the bell rings for the new school year, everything is as fresh and shiny as a newly polished apple on the teacher's desk.

Check out these consortium partners to help you make the most of your summer lovin' efforts.

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Combine organization and collaboration to make room for everything with Demco’s Show and Stow Storage Solution. Order from Demco at, by email, by fax 800.245.1329, or by calling 800.356.1200. Please reference discount C74100 on all purchase orders & quote requests.


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Receive up to 20% off paints, stains, and primer with the Lowe’s MVP program (must be registered to participate) Contact Jason Lynch atReceive up to 20% off paints, stains, and primer with the Lowe’s MVP program (must be registered to participate) Contact Jason Lynch at to get your account registered today!




logoRefresh your classroom with these hands-on, grade-banded resources for Literacy & Math with Staples. Contact Shelley Hinton, Key Account Executive | | 205.639.9816 to confirm your account is linked to the MISBO contract.

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Make back to school simple with United School Supplies. USS packs and delivers back-to-school supply kits customized to match each grade level on your supply list.Make back to school simple with United School Supplies. USS packs and delivers back-to-school supply kits customized to match each grade level on your supply list. 

Let United School Supplies help you get quality back-to-school supplies in your classrooms so your students and teachers have the proper tools for a successful 2024-2025 school year.

Contact USS today at 202-213-1305 or for your free quote.

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Is it time to renew, refresh, and reimagine your Physical Education programs and curriculum? Our new Vendor Partner, Hiveclass, specializes in reimagining PE for teachers and students - with this innovative tech and curriculum focused on skill-based, standards-aligned learning for all students. Check out a recent blog of theirs highlighting fundamental skills learned through PE and the importance of physical activity in a student's life. Learn more at:  Contact Adam Shafer, Chief Growth Officer  | | 618.214.2179 to book a demo.

How useful is your income statement? Refresh your Financial, Fundraising, and Admissions reports and dashboards with Apte. Apte provides educators and administrators with the insights and data they need to make strategic decisions to take your school to new heights of excellence. Apte works with your current software to streamline the reporting process and provide a comprehensive view of performance, from fundraising and alumni engagement to financial performance and more.

Learn more at WWW.APTE.IO or contact Kaitlin Windle ( to get your demo today.


logoRefresh your collaborative space with CDW-G. Their complimentary Blueprint to Design consultation starts with a two-hour consultation with an educational strategist, typically a former educator or school IT administrator who understands K–12 Education. A designer then creates a 3D rendering to help customers evaluate options for furniture, color and technology by seeing what they would look like in a particular space.

Please list the contract name (E&I MISBO) on all purchase orders to CDW-G to receive the discounted pricing. All members can call their Account Manager directly to place orders with credit cards or submit orders via P.O. If you don't know your account manager, contact Susan Kimmel at or 404.920.8844.


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Renew your spirit with CorpCare. CorpCare is designed to help employees and their household members with their work-life balance and personal stressors. Some specific benefits include mental health counseling, financial services, legal services and more!

To learn more about CorpCare’s services or to request a comprehensive proposal, contact Kathleen Murray, | 678.392.1822 or 877.843.6036


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Organizing after-hours events in schools can be a logistical challenge, often involving coordination between various stakeholders, logistical planning, and ensuring a safe and engaging environment. Fortunately, modern technology offers a solution to alleviate the headaches associated with managing these events. In this blog, we'll explore the benefits of implementing an event management solution for after-hours school events and how it can streamline planning and execution.


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Susan Kimmel

Director of the Purchasing Consortium

Susan curates the MISBO Purchasing Consortium by maintaining and enhancing current partner relationships and pursuing new partnerships based on the needs of our members. Susan educates on and informs members of the benefits of utilizing the MISBO Purchasing Consortium. She facilitates communications with partners concerning contracts and product offerings and assists in providing optimal partner exposure. Susan has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, an MBA with an emphasis in MIS, and a certificate in Social Media Marketing. In her spare time, Susan is a mom to 4 grown kids, Gigi to four, a personal growth junkie, crochet hobbyist, travel enthusiast, dog lover ... cat tolerator, DIY wanna-be, outdoorsy-ish, and an occasional binge watcher.

MISBO is here to help you find great products and services at great prices! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions, need help finding a partner to fill your needs, have recommendations, or just want to talk about purchasing! 

You can reach her at the number and e-mail above, or set up a Zoom call with her here: