InterSchola’s mission continues

April 21, 2010

InterSchola was established in 2004 to help school districts with surplus inventory realize the value of these assets while at the same time freeing up expensive storage space and valuable staff resources. InterSchola’s unique model is designed to eliminate the headaches associated with surplus disposal by managing the public auction process from start to finish and ensures compliance with complex legal Education Codes.
This rather unique concept has been wildly successful. Since our first auction, we’ve earned millions of dollars for schools, and saved them millions more.
Items sold have ranged from pianos to printing supplies, from computers to cars, and from food service to facility equipment. We’ve sold planetariums, church pews, hot rods, power poles, power saws – you name it, schools have it; they use it up, wear it out, or the needs change and the item is surplus. We convert these items to cash so more assets can be purchased to meet the goals of the school. InterSchola has returned millions of dollars to schools, districts and other local public agencies and has helped save countless more dollars previously spent on staff, storage and surplus disposal costs.
Learn more at www.interschola.com.

CASBO Sacramento April 17-18 2010

March 30, 2010

We’ll be there – look for our booth! School budgets are tight and our solution to surplus issues with online auctions and sales are becoming even more relevant to more and more schools. Please drop by and let us know if we can help your District.

InterSchola in the news

March 1, 2010

InterSchola’s president and founder, Melissa Rich, was interviewed on NBC’s Class Action!  It’s a very good interview — it sums up what we do and how it benefits schools as well as buyers.  Here’s the URL for the video:  http://vimeo.com/9391661
The video does an excellent job of showing how InterSchola’s school surplus sales help clear out warehouses and generate much-needed funds for schools.  We sell food service equipment, used cars and trucks, heavy equipment, woodworking tools – schools need a vast array of items, and we help schools sell items when they are no longer needed.  

New ways to find new surplus sale listings

February 26, 2010

We’ve joined the social media network users – feel free to check us out on facebook  at http://www.facebook.com/InterSchola and, for our occasional tweets, http://twitter.com/InterSchola

Thanks!

School Districts Reclaim Space and Turn Surplus to Cash

October 28, 2008

Recently the Purchasing and Warehouse Supervisor of Merced County Office of Education, Chuck Hergenraeder, had a dilemma; he had been storing three 15 passenger school buses (circa 1980) that were no longer suitable for school district use and he needed to reclaim the space in his bus yard. Hergenraeder had previously worked with a company called InterSchola to dispose of several smaller surplus items and remembered the success of that venture. Hergenraeder contacted his local representative and from that point on, InterSchola took over management of the sale of his busses via online public auction. A church in Texas won the busses at auction for a significantly higher price than Hergenraeder would have been able to generate by his own efforts.  Within a short period, three members of the church drove from Texas to pick them up. A delighted Hergenraeder said, “More important than the money received from the sale of the buses, was the ease of the process; the only effort on my part was to make a call to InterSchola. They did the rest. It was great!”

School districts from San Diego to Northern California are struggling with budget cuts and looking for ways to be more efficient with their limited financial and personnel resources. InterSchola has partnered with many agencies, such as Merced COE, to offer a helpful solution.  InterSchola gives California school districts and other local public agencies an alternative way to manage the “end” of their asset lifecycle by providing a full service solution to help these agencies sell their surplus goods via eBay. Districts dealing with full warehouses have found that InterSchola helps manage the sale of their surplus inventory from start to finish.

Ron Bennett, President of School Services of California, the premier business, financial, management, and advocacy resource for educational agencies in California said, “InterSchola frees up staff time by expertly handling the entire surplus inventory and evaluation process. Their service is a tremendous help to busy school administrators plus there is no cost to the district. In fact districts actually receive dollars from the sale of their surplus. In a time of budget concerns, the service is very valuable to schools.”

San Jose Unified School District’s Pat Day works with InterSchola on an ongoing basis.  Due to budget cuts, Day wears many hats as the District’s Director of Maintenance, Operations, Purchasing, and Contract Management. When Day first learned about InterSchola, the district’s warehouse was overloaded to the point that the district had begun to fill several additional storage containers. Many items – including old pianos and several tons of rock salt used in water softeners that had long ago been replaced – had been sitting in the warehouse for ten years or longer. Not only did InterSchola sell much of the District’s inventory to make room in the warehouse for future shipments, they even sold the temporary storage containers that were no long needed as a result of the successful sales. A surprised Day said, “It was amazing what sold. InterSchola even managed to find a buyer for an old water truck that leaked so much, there was no water left by the time it reached its destination.” When asked if the money was helpful to the district Day replied, “Making money from selling unneeded items is not our mission, educating students is OUR mission. Still, unusable inventory takes up valuable warehouse space and impedes efficient warehouse management. With the help of InterSchola, my staff now has more time and resources to focus on our core mission of providing an excellent learning environment for our students.”

About InterScholaTM
InterSchola was established in 2004 to help school districts with surplus inventory realize the value of these assets while at the same time freeing up expensive storage space and valuable staff resources. InterSchola’s unique model is designed to eliminate the headaches associated with surplus disposal by managing the public auction process from start to finish and ensures compliance with complex legal Education Codes. Items sold have ranged from pianos to printing supplies, from computers to cars, and from food service to facility equipment. InterSchola has returned millions of dollars to schools, districts and other local public agencies and has helped save countless more dollars previously spent on staff, storage and surplus disposal costs. Learn more at www.interschola.com.

Links for schools to their own auctions

May 17, 2008

Some of our school clients have been asking for a way to link from their site to ours, to show items that they have up for auction. We like that, and are in the process of developing a page for each of our clients that they can link to, and only their items that are currently at auction will show. If you’re one of our clients and would like to know more about this feature, please contact your client manager.

Visit our site for more information: www.interschola.com

CASBO Workshop planning ahead

October 22, 2007

InterSchola is pleased to have been invited by the CASBO Purchasing R&D committee to help design a workshop regarding surplus assets for the 2008 annual CASBO show.  We hope to make this as informative as possible regarding options that exist for school districts to manage their surplus disposal.  Please contact us if you have any suggestions regarding how we can make this conversation as productive as possible for your needs.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Melissa Rich, President and Founder

Our bus to go see Oprah?

September 23, 2007

We sell a large variety of items to all kinds of people, and school buses have become a favorite item for many.  One of our recent sales was a very nice bus that was bought by a movie production company, who is using the bus for a national promotional tour.

The company is promoting their 1 second movie, for which anyone can be a producer by donating $1 to their cause.  They are traveling to see Oprah to ask her to contribute.  They bought a bus at auction from InterSchola, and are presently getting it ready for the trip. 

For more information about this film and their cause, visit

http://www.the1secondfilm.com/

InterSchola featured in Sanger Herald newspaper

August 7, 2007

InterSchola was featured on the front page of the Sanger Herald last week.  It was a nice article that showed how Sanger’s old surplus band uniforms were purchased by an InterSchola customer, then donated to school in China that needed them.  Here’s a link to the article (as a pdf file):

  http://www.interschola.com/SangerHeraldArticle.pdf

Welcome to InterSchola’s Blog!

July 23, 2007

Welcome to our InterSchola Blog.  Here, members of our organization will share information about how public school and local public agencies can maximize the value of their no longer needed surplus items – such as food service items, technology assets, vehicles, maintenance equipment, school supplies, classroom fixtures, sports equipment, musical instruments, shop equipment (woodshop and metal shop), portable classrooms, office equipment etc.

InterSchola is fast becoming the most sought-after provider of turn key services and solutions for buying and selling SURPLUS education property (durable goods) though our online marketplace for such products. In a nutshell, InterSchola is helping education institutions sell their surplus assets on eBay. We are seeing phenomenal results of auctions of surplus goods on behalf of these institutions and we have a great deal more demand to work with other education and non education institutions as well as buyers of all of our asset categories – technology, food service, vehicles, facilities and maintenance equipment, shop equipment, sports equipment etc.

As budget challenges and demographics cause significant shifts in the education landscape, it becomes increasingly important for school districts to keep a close eye on their budget resource allocations. Extracting extra dollars from no longer needed district assets through the public sale these assets is one way to supplement limited education budgets. The InterSchola marketplace further provides a means for local schools and districts to sell excess or idle equipment and supplies to other school districts nationwide that are forced to meet new and existing standards with limited increase in overall funding.

To date, InterSchola has returned almost over $1M to our school clients and helped them save countless more dollars that were previously spent on labor, storage and waste disposal costs thus allowing them to use this money to fund other education expenditures to improve the learning environment for K-12 students!

InterSchola understands that education and public agency personnel must focus on their respective core missions to provide public services to their constituencies. InterSchola relieves the burden of managing the disposal/sale of surplus assets for our clients in compliance with relevant regulations to enable our clients to focus on their primary day-to-day responsibilities while creating a valuable new source of revenue for these same clients.

InterSchola’s corporate mission as a full service provider of surplus asset management helps K-12 schools and districts realize the benefits of a more efficient educational inventory management/ procurement process, incorporating best practice business solutions through the creation of a secondary market for education assets. The creation of an effective secondary market will generate new K-12 school revenues.

Further social benefit will be gained through the reduction of premature disposal of assets. InterSchola’s eBay market solution as well as our scrap and recycling channels will extend the lifecycle of these assets and greatly reduce the volume of materials that have historically been sent to local landfill due to lack of existing resources to handle effective disposal by other means.