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School Specialty to Showcase Its Educational Furniture and Equipment Solutions at EDspaces 2014 Conference

GREENVILLE, Wis., Oct. 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- School Specialty, Inc. (OTCQB:SCOO) ("School Specialty" or "the Company"), a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace, today announced that it will be showcasing its latest furniture and equipment offerings at the Education Market Association's EDspaces conference. The conference and expo will take place October 29-31, 2014 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL.

School Specialty is the Premier Sponsor of EDspaces and will host the only complimentary Wi-Fi hotspot on the show floor (Booth #1318). This "Wi-Fi Lounge" will demonstrate how a variety of furnishings can be used to create a state-of-the-art, technology-enabled commons era in a 21st Century high school setting. Showcasing offerings from a range of School Specialty's vendor partners, the Wi-Fi Lounge will include innovative furniture and equipment solutions, providing a comfortable place for attendees to utilize free Internet connectivity.

In conjunction, architecture and design specialist Perkins+Will will be presenting on "How Will Schools Begin Integrating Spaces, Technologies, and Curriculum into Optimal Learning Environments" on Wednesday, October 29 at 9:30am EDT. The session, led by Architect Allen Post, will focus on how educational design is adapting to technology-based, personalized teaching methods, requiring a holistic understanding of the interrelationships across educational spaces, technology and curriculum. School Specialty's Projects by Design® (PbD) team has partnered with Perkins+Will on a number of campus projects nationwide to outfit and integrate state-of-the-art furniture and equipment. Mr. Post will highlight project successes including PbD's unique role, among other key industry developments in his presentation.

"Now, more than ever, the growth of technology is changing requirements in the modern-day classroom, calling for the integration of applications and devices into learning spaces that can foster continuous interaction and collaboration between students and teachers. As such, we're seeing a renaissance of sorts in educational architecture and design which is requiring the most adaptable and effective furniture and equipment solutions available. We have enjoyed partnering with School Specialty/Projects by Design and they continue to help us deliver very flexible and adaptable school environments to our clients on a number of projects. I'm happy to talk further about these with EDspaces attendees. We look forward to even more partnership opportunities with the SSI/PbD team down the road."

School Specialty's Director of Marketing – Furniture & Equipment, Andrea Johnson, commented, "We are very excited to be a part of this year's EDspaces show and to have the opportunity to demonstrate our latest and greatest in furniture and equipment solutions to the marketplace. As we continue to build our partnerships with industry leaders such as Perkins+Will, we are well positioned to bring cutting-edge tools and resources to campuses across the U.S. and believe the best is yet to come! Our SSI/PbD team looks forward to meeting with attendees, including our vendors and end-users, to better understand their needs and support their successes with our product and service offerings."

EDspaces is an international tradeshow which brings together professionals who plan, design, build, equip and manage all types of learning environments and educational campuses, along with the manufacturers, service providers and dealers who offer the essential products and solutions for these areas. For more information on the 2014 conference, please visit www.ed-spaces.com.

About School Specialty, Inc.

School Specialty is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The Company designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential. For more information about School Specialty, visit www.schoolspecialty.com.

CONTACT: Company Contact: Andrea Johnson Director of Marketing, Furniture & Equipment School Specialty, Inc. Phone: 920- 882-5659 / 920-740-2361 Email: andrea.johnson@schoolspecialty.com Media Relations Contacts: Jay Morakis and Oliver Marsh GW Communications for School Specialty, Inc. Phone: 212-266-0191 / 212-266-0227 Email: jmorakis@GWCco.com / omarsh@GWCco.com

Source:School Specialty, Inc.