BusinessPLUS Position Budgeting: Collaboration between Heartland AEA and West Des Moines Community Schools Produces Results

December 4, 2013

Profile:

  • Heartland Area Education Agencies (AEA) is one of nine agencies created by the Iowa Legislature to ensure efficient, effective, and equal educational opportunities for all children. Heartland, which has the largest enrollment of any Iowa AEA, provides public and accredited private schools in Central Iowa with services, programs, and resources for improving learning outcomes and the well-being of children and youth.
  • West Des Moines Community Schools is the ninth largest public school district in Iowa, with more than 9,000 students, approximately 1,200 employees, and 14 schools. For more than 100 years, the district “has been preparing learners for life.”
  • Since 2004, Heartland AEA has used BusinessPLUS for its financial reporting. The agency supports two school districts, West Des Moines and Johnston, with security for the financial and human resources management system and in using the software solution’s CDD (Click, Drag, and Drill) report writing tool.

Challenge:

Strongly committed to financial responsibility, West Des Moines School District wanted a detailed line item budget available from day one of the fiscal year.

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Topics: technology, Case Studies, businessplus, Customer Profiles, Position Budgeting

St. Bernard Parish Public Schools Leverages Data to Create a Bright Future

November 13, 2013
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Topics: technology, eschoolplus, Case Studies, Customer Profiles, K-12

Harrisonburg City Public Schools Stuffs the “Chicken Program,” Implements eFinancePLUS

October 15, 2013

School District Profile:

  • Public school system located in the Shenandoah Valley, Va., which educates about 5,300 students in preschool through 12th grade. Students are served by about 840 full-time faculty and staff at eight schools.
  • The school district is one of the most diverse schools districts in the state of Virginia. More than 50 different languages are spoken by students, 37 percent of which are English language learners.
  • Harrisonburg prides itself on being “a place where learning has no limits and together we work for the success of all.”

Challenge:

School district finances were being managed with a financial and payroll system with limited functionality, resulting in duplicate data entry, mountains of paperwork, and a host of manual processes that robbed staff members of efficiency and time.

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Topics: technology, Case Studies, efinanceplus, staff development, education, Customer Profiles, K-12

eSchoolPLUS Admin Mobile App: Lake Park Community High School District 108 Spoke, SunGard K-12 Education Listened

October 8, 2013

School District Profile:

  • Public school district comprised of one high school, divided into two campuses, serving about 3,000 students from the communities around Roselle, Ill.
  • The district’s approximately 200 teachers seek to “inspire in students a sense of personal responsibility and a passion for learning while challenging them to reach their full potential.”
  • With a reputation for excellence, the school has been ranked among the 500 best U.S. high schools by Newsweek.

Challenge:

Access to student information is essential for school administrators, who need to be on the go in support of student achievement and district activities.

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Topics: student information system, eschoolplus, eSchoolPLUS Admin Mobile App, Case Studies, education, K-12

eSchoolPLUS Admin Mobile App: An Essential Piece of Columbia Public Schools’ Technology Plan

October 2, 2013

School District Profile:

  • Public school district educating many of the students in Boone County, Mo. The district’s vision is to be “the best school district in the state” and its mission is to “provide an excellent education for all students.”
  • Approximately 3,000 faculty and staff serve more than 17,000 students at 19 elementary schools, six middle schools, five high schools, three centers, and a preschool.
  • Over the past two years, the district has implemented a technology structure that will enable teachers and administrators to support student achievement.

Challenge:

Along with the launch of a Bring Your Own Device program and iPad® initiative, Columbia Public Schools wanted to provide administrators with on-the-go access to student information.

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Topics: technology, eschoolplus, eSchoolPLUS Admin Mobile App, Case Studies, education, Mobility, Customer Profiles, K-12

Fort Osage R-1 School District Streamlines Business Operations with eFinancePLUS

October 1, 2013

School District Profile:

  • Public school district in Independence, Mo., with an impressive tradition of caring and innovating.
  • Serves almost 5,000 students at about a dozen schools, including an early childhood center, six elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, a career and technology center, and an academy for K-12.
  • Approximately 780 faculty and staff seek to support student success by ensuring that each child has opportunities to learn and achieve.

Challenge:

Redesign a cumbersome purchasing process to simplify the district’s business operations and allow employees to obtain the resources they need, when they need them. In addition, recreate its timekeeping and payroll processes to reduce administrative burdens and provide employees with increased access to their information.

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Topics: Case Studies, efinanceplus, PCard, education, ePayable, Customer Profiles, K-12

Administrators Unchained: Council Rock School District Launches the eSchoolPLUS Admin Mobile App

September 26, 2013

School District Profile:

  • Public school district educating students in Bucks County, a historic area in northeast Pennsylvania. The district prides itself on blending “the past with the present to meet the challenge of the future.”
  • Approximately 950 faculty and staff serve approximately 11,700 students at 15 schools, including 10 elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools.
  • An eSchoolPLUS customer since 2008, Council Rock School District volunteered to serve as a Beta district to test the eSchoolPLUS Admin Mobile Application and advise SunGard K-12 Education on its development.

Challenge:

Access to student information is essential for school administrators, who need to be on the go in support of student achievement and district activities.

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Topics: technology, eschoolplus, eSchoolPLUS Admin Mobile App, Case Studies, education, Customer Profiles, K-12

Indian Prairie School District 204 Chooses PLUS 360 for Functionality, Customer Focus

August 15, 2013

School District Profile:

  • Public school district serving Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook, and Plainfield, Ill.
  • About 29,000 students are enrolled in 33 schools, including three high schools, one alternative high school, seven middle schools, 21 elementary schools, and one preschool.
  • By engaging school staff, families, and the community in its mission of “inspiring all students to achieve their greatest potential,” the district is experiencing significant success in student achievement. Approximately, 90 percent of students are meeting or exceeding state standards.

Challenge:

Replace an archaic student information system with one that connects teachers, students, and parents with data that supports student achievement.

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Topics: student information system, eschoolplus, iepplus, Case Studies, K-12

Port Arthur ISD Confidently Advances Student Achievement with eSchoolPLUS

July 16, 2013

School District Profile:

  • Public school district in Port Arthur, Texas.
  • Serves more than 9,100 students at one high school, one ninth-grade campus, two middle schools, eight elementary schools, and one early education center.
  • The school’s mission is to “meet the unique educational needs of our diverse population by providing a comprehensive quality education for students.”

Challenge:

A problematic legacy student information system was frustrating its users—losing important student data and failing to perform the most basic tasks.

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Topics: eschoolplus, Case Studies, education, Customer Profiles, K-12

Katy ISD Employs Best Practices in Selecting, Implementing eSchoolPLUS

July 11, 2013

School District Profile:

  • Public school district in east Texas that serves more than 65,000 students in almost 60 schools.
  • Employs more than 4,000 teachers and almost 3,700 professional support personnel, administrators, and staff.
  • Rated as Recognized by the Texas Education Agency, Katy ISD offers an outstanding instructional program. Its mission is to partner with families and the community to provide “unparalleled learning experiences designed to prepare and inspire each student to live an honorable, fulfilling life.”

Challenge:

To choose an integrated solution for managing student data and supporting student achievement and then efficiently transition from the district’s legacy software products to the new system.

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Topics: eschoolplus, Case Studies, education, Customer Profiles