About KCDA

Overview
Mission
KCDA’s mission is to provide centralized procurement services to member school districts and public agencies that will save them time and money as well as comply with all legal procurement requirements. Our goal is to help school districts focus their resources in the classroom and to help public agencies focus on direct services to the taxpayers.
 
What We Do
King County Directors' Association (KCDA) is a purchasing cooperative owned by Washington's public school districts. KCDA saves money for members by ordering in volume and supporting their purchasing and distribution requirements.
 
How We Operate
KCDA Purchasing Cooperative was founded 1938 by school board members in King County. We help members save money by creating volume purchasing and fulfilling bid law requirements. KCDA manages centralized receiving, warehousing, and distribution while offering additional contracts to provide a single-source for consumable supplies, facilities projects, and technology equipment.
 
Leadership
The KCDA Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors which is made up of publicly elected school board members from King County school districts. KCDA operates as an extension of your purchasing department, governed by the basic laws and regulations that apply to school districts in Washington.
 
Procurement Policy
KCDA is governed by procurement laws governing school districts in Washington. The basic statute authorizing the formation of KCDA is RCW 28A.320.080. KCDA is also authorized under the Interlocal Cooperation Act, RCW 39.34. The basic procurement law for school districts is RCW 28A.335.190. As KCDA has grown, many other types of public entities have become members. As many of these organizations have differing procurement requirements, KCDA has adapted our procedures to satisfy the legal requirements, both in advertising and bidding, of all of our members. All items and services under contract with KCDA have been awarded through a competitive sealed bid process, with contract, bid and advertising documents posted on our website.
 
Who We Serve
KCDA has grown to include public school districts, educational service districts, state agencies, counties, cities, and colleges throughout Washington and neighboring states. As we have added members, we have adapted our procurement processes to comply with the legal requirements of all of our members, regardless of location or type of entity.
 
Membership
There is no charge for membership in KCDA and no minimum level of participation. Becoming a member requires approving and signing an Interlocal Agreement. KCDA is a public agency and is authorized to accept members from all states.
 
KCDA Service Fee
KCDA’s operating budget is self funded through service fees charged on each warehouse order. Service fees are determined by KCDA’s cost to procure and support our members purchasing and warehousing requirements. Service fees and shipping to Washington, Oregon and Idaho members are included in KCDA's Supply Link pricing. KCDA does not charge service fees on our vendor direct contracts.
 
Inventory
KCDA's purchasing staff issues over 85 bids annually based on the requirements of its members. These awards fulfill all legal bid requirements and offer all members same day shipping on over 15,000 items from our 170,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Kent, Washington. Many larger items ship directly from our vendors.
 
Board Members
Division 1, Bill Clausmeyer
Tahoma School District #409
 
Division 2, Pam Teal
Renton School District 404
 
Division 3, Anne Moore
Issaquah School District 411
 
Division 4, Karen DeBruler
Kent School District 415
 
Division 5, Dick Nicholson
Shoreline School District 412