Purchasing

Our mission is to effectively and efficiently support the schools in the District with their procurement needs and to secure goods and services from responsible merchants and vendors at a price that represents the lowest and best bid with quality that will enable staff to fulfill the district’s educational goals.

The intent of the Purchasing Department is to establish and provide the end user with clear and efficient procedures for obtaining products. We are here to serve you. Please call or email the Purchasing Department for assistance in the procurement of necessary goods.


Who to Contact

Scott Carpenter, Assistant Director – Procurement ~ (913) 780-8045

Cathy Murphy, Buyer ~ (913) 780-8119
Cathy Murphy started with Olathe Public Schools in 2004. She began in the district as a paraeducator at Prairie Trail Middle School. In 2006 Cathy moved to Harmony Early Childhood Center as a general secretary. She came to the Business and Finance Department as the executive assistant in 2007 with prior experience in office management and customer service. In 2013 Cathy joined the Purchasing department. Her responsibilities include:
  • Develop vendor sources and administer the online vendor management program
  • Approve, print and mail purchase orders
  • Create vendor bids, read and open for review public bids, create and complete tab sheets for each bid, complete quotes when required
  • Attend required meetings with vendors
  • Attend required meetings within the District regarding construction of new and/or reconstruction of schools and support buildings
  • Involved in the selection and purchasing of furniture, supplies and equipment for the daily needs of schools and support buildings
  • Provide support of the District’s financial software to internal users
  • Work with District administrators and staff as duties required

Becky Giannola, Buyer ~ (913) 780-8076
Responsibilities include:
  • Maintain vendor database
  • Enter, receive, distribute and file purchase orders
  • Create vendor bids, read and open for review public bids, create and complete tab sheets for each bid, complete quets when required
  • Attend required meetings with vendors
  • Attend required meetings within the District regarding construction of new and/or reconstruction of schools and support buildings
  • Involved in the selection and purchasing of furniture, supplies and equipment for the daily needs of schools and support buildings
  • Work with District administrators and staff as duties required

Lynne Boeschen, Purchasing Card Manager ~ (913) 780-8013
Lynne Boeschen has worked for the Olathe Public Schools since 1995. Lynne came to the District with over 18 years experience in purchasing for a manufacturing company. Her responsibilities include:
  • Manages the District Visa Card Program
  • Developed and maintains the Visa Purchasing Card website
  • Compiles and updates Purchasing Card Handbook and forms
  • Coordinates Visa deadlines with Accounts Payable pay schedule
  • Coordinates 1099 Visa reporting
  • Facilitates monthly reporting to District administrators and school and support buildings
  • Facilitates Visa training