What do you put on requisition orders?

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  1. Camel13

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    After a year of my school saying we have a freeze on any purchases, I get requisition forms in my inbox. Upon asking the building secretary for a budget limit, I am told the the budget is not endless so rank the important things, but I still feel lost without a dollar amount. I also have separate forms for instructional materials. I am asked to put down specific vendor info as well. I have no idea what vendors are acceptable. I have spend the majority of the school year gettting my own supplies as needed, and I will go cheap as possible. Amazon usually has good deals.

    What do you put on requisition orders? What do you think is a reasonable budget?
     
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    My school has an approved vendor list and we are only allowed to use them.

    My budget has been about $200.
     
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    I teach welding so it's a little different, I know what my budget is and have a P card. Any large requisitions are requested through grant money by our CTE Director. The flip side of this, Its like running a business and teaching all in one.
     
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    I have taught part time at a private ESL school. My budget was $200. The only things that I got were textbooks, spiral notebooks, and several boxes of pencils. I never got a requisition form. I instead went on donors choose and made a list of the stuff that I couldn't afford. I was lucky and got my project funded.
     
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    No one here can provide you with the answers to your questions - every school/district is different. I would suggest you talk directly with your principal regarding the specific information that you seek - don't just rely on what the secretary tells you. A knowledgeable teacher in your grade level may also be able to provide you with useful info.
     
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    We had a similar task this year and I agree, it's weird when you don't have any idea what the budget is.

    I'd say around $100-200 is typical, but it's hard to guess.

    Definitely search for some instructional materials you want too. Maybe a few good workbooks?
     
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    We do requisition orders for all classroom consumable supplies (paper, notebooks, pencils, art supplies, etc); we are given budget twice a year for these materials. It's quite generous--usually between $20 and $25/student. For other materials--books, math manipulatives, games, etc, we create a "wish-list" and submit it to the P. She will approve what she is able to. If you have been advised to make a list, make one. Rank the items in order from most important to "it would be great if...". all they can do is say no to some of what you request.
     
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    I usually ask for about $150-200 worth of stuff each summer. I buy personalized pencils to loan kids, art paper for projects, and ink pens the kids use to correct their work. I also always get a huge yearly calendar for the kids to use to write their activities. Every 2-3 years I'll buy colored pencils and crayons and highlighters.
     
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    Thank you for the feedback. Still in my first year, some simple things I am still unsure about. I ask my principal, building secretary and office secretary so many questions they must want to hide when they see me coming! Haha! I have been buying so much on my own dime just because my school is so poor and I can kind of afford it! The on,y bad thing about that is that it is not a good precedent to set for other teacher who can not afford extras.
     
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    It gets easier and cheaper as you go. I bought a lot my first year, too, but am now to a point where I buy almost nothing. If the school isn't going to buy it, I can probably find a way to do without.
     
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    I started out buying things using my own money and spending countless hours making sets of independent activities for my students - but, one day my storage cabinet was ransacked and many of my prized materials were suddenly gone! As a natural contrarian, that devastating experience helped me to explore alternative ways of coping with the lack of sufficient funds year after year. I eventually learned to use educational technology to streamline my program - augmented with whatever extras admin was willing to provide. In the end, I was able to deliver a financially-independent instructional program without having to spend any of my own money ever again! Even if you can afford to spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars every year, I would advise you to just use the materials that your employer provides - the way it was intended to be. Of course, it will also test your creativity and resourcefulness which will make your job even more interesting!
     
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    :yeahthat:
     
  14. mathmagic

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    Take note over the course of a year of what you absolutely need, and use that to guide you in the following years. I personally look to spend the money as wisely as possible, rather than "use every single penny available". Granted, I also buy a few fun things with my own money, but that's completely in my choosing and I could stop without any issues to their core education.
     
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    Our requisitions are for things like textbooks and other materials like that. For supplies like paper, pens, etc... we just send a list of what we want to the secretary and she makes one big requisition. We've never had a budget and I've never been turned down, but I'm always careful to only order things I really feel benefit our students and that I can easily defend. I've never been asked to defend my choices, but I always like to be prepared!
     

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