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: 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

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

Bloomfield Public School District Gives Low Expectations a Reality Check with PerformancePLUS

July 1, 2013

School District Profile:

  • Public school district in Bloomfield, Conn., that is strongly committed to the success of its students. The district embraces the motto, “Every Student, Every Day, Every Classroom.”
  • About 2,100 students are enrolled in eight schools, including three primary schools, one middle school, one intermediate school, and three secondary schools. Demographically, the district is 97 percent minority and 48 percent free and reduced lunch.
  • Bloomfield High School, the district’s public high school with an enrollment of about 600 students, has been identified as one of the most challenged high schools in the state.

Challenge:

Sustain the gains in student performance made during the 2011-2012 school year that nurtured a vision of higher expectations at Bloomfield High School.

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Topics: technology, Case Studies, education, 21st-Century Learner, Customer Profiles, performanceplus

Derry Cooperative School District Improves Test Results with PerformancePLUS Learning Management

October 5, 2010

Throughout the year, members of the Derry Cooperative School District’s curriculum committee met, binders and paperwork in-hand, to work on the coursework teachers would use to instruct teachers throughout the district’s five elementary and two middle schools. But the hard-working group and its team of educators often were hampered by the manual system bereft of mapping, assessments and automated lesson plans.

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Topics: technology, Case Studies, berry cooperative school district, learning management, state reporting, Customer Profiles, performanceplus