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Boston to alter how it buys schoolbooks

Superintendent aims for lower-price strategy

The Boston School Department says it is taking steps to ensure that administrators and teachers obtain the best value when buying widely available books, one month after the state’s inspector general found that the department often paid more than average consumers would have.

The School Department intends to better coordinate urchases of nonfiction and literary works among its 125 schools to increase its buying power, hopefully resulting in a lower cost per book, according to a letter that Superintendent Carol R. Johnson sent to Inspector General Gregory W. Sullivan on April 20.

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