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MARINA DEL REY Del Rey may refer to:
  • Del Rey, California, a census-designated place in Fresno County, California
  • Del Rey, Los Angeles, California, a small district in the west side of Los Angeles
  • Del Rey (band), an indie rock band
, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 2, 2000

The task of deploying goods and services In economics, economic output is divided into physical goods and intangible services. Consumption of goods and services is assumed to produce utility (unless the "good" is a "bad"). It is often used when referring to a Goods and Services Tax.  from a central warehouse or maintenance facility to hundreds of classrooms and offices spread over a large area just became a lot easier for two California school districts.

Both the Manhattan Beach Unified School District The Manhattan Beach Unified School District is responsible for public education in the city of Manhattan Beach, California. It oversees five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.

MBUSD serves the city of Manhattan Beach.
 and the Culver City Unified School District Culver City Unified School District, located in Culver City, California, serves approximately 6,500 pupils, in a variety of schools.

One elementary school, El Marino Language School, has both a Spanish and Japanese language immersion program.
 have replaced their carbon paper form system of supply and maintenance ordering with an Internet-based solution. The &uot;OPRA&uot; system (Order Processing and Requisition Accelerator) was developed by PPS (Packets Per Second) The measurement of activity in a local area network (LAN). In LANs such as Ethernet, Token Ring and FDDI, as well as the Internet, data is broken up and transmitted in packets (frames), each with a source and destination address.  Systems Inc. of Marina del Rey and has been quietly tested at the Manhattan Beach District over the past 18 months.

Under the old system, supply and maintenance requestors were required to type lengthy multiple carbon order forms, have them pouched pouched  
adj.
Having a pouch, as a gopher, pelican, or marsupial.

Adj. 1. pouched - having a pouch
 to the appropriate resource center and then wait days for action to be taken, often not knowing if the request was ever received.

Using OPRA OPRA Open Public Records Act (New Jersey)
OPRA Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (UK government)
OPRA Options Price Reporting Authority
OPRA Ohio Parks and Recreation Association
, ordering is a simple point and click process. The order receipt and status are immediately transmitted back to the requestor, eliminating bottlenecks, improving communications and greatly improving the district's efficiency and its ability to deliver goods and services where they are most needed -- the classroom.

OPRA is estimated to save a staggering 5,239 man-hours in turnaround/processing time and more than $21,400 in transaction costs Transaction Costs

Costs incurred when buying or selling securities. These include brokers' commissions and spreads (the difference between the price the dealer paid for a security and the price they can sell it).
 per 1,000 orders. Added to these benefits are real-time inventory, resource tracking and timely reports that could result in reimbursements from state and federal funds Federal Funds

Funds deposited to regional Federal Reserve Banks by commercial banks, including funds in excess of reserve requirements.

Notes:
These non-interest bearing deposits are lent out at the Fed funds rate to other banks unable to meet overnight reserve
. According to PPS spokesman Warren Wagner, the savings do not include money saved by canceling the subscription to their current systems.

For the first time, district sites know how they are performing within their allocated budgets in real time without having to wait for monthly reports.

&uot;I love OPRA,&uot; said Pacific School secretary Pam Paradissis. &uot;I was skeptical at first but once we got going, it makes ordering a snap and the orders are filled much quicker. At last I know what's happening with my orders and how much our school has spent right up to the second. I can't imagine going back to the old system; I don't even think my old typewriter works anyway.&uot;

Wagner points out that OPRA utilizes the Internet infrastructure that is already in place or scheduled to be in place at most districts. &uot;If an end-user has ever used a browser they can master OPRA in about 5 minutes -- this eliminates costly training and installation charges inherent in non-Internet applications. Niche applications that are easy to use, easy to deploy and tailored to solve particular problems represent the second wave of the Internet revolution taking place throughout the connected world,&uot; said Wagner.

PPS is currently installing its OPRA system in several California school districts and has versions targeted toward public works departments, local governments and corporate users. Interested parties may contact PPS at 800/545-4888.
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