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Mesa County Valley School District 51 Moves to Web-Based SIS

The 21,000-student Mesa County Valley School District 51 has selected and is implementing the enterprise-level Edupoint Synergy Student Information System (SIS). The district reported it will use the Web-based SIS to consolidate disparate systems for grade books, parent portals and student data management in real time for all stakeholders in the education process, according to information released by the company.

Located in the Grand Junction area of Colorado, the school district is, according to Edupoint, the first in the state to implement the Synergy SIS solution. District 51 selected the technology after an RFP process and "comprehensive" evaluation to determine how best to move from the SASI student information system that had been in place serving 44 campuses since 1999.

According to the district, while reliable, their old system's big drawback was that it required nightly updates between grade book and parent portal applications to update student information across the district.

"Nothing was real time," said Mary Mulcahy, District 51's student information system analyst, in a prepared statement. "Synergy provides all of our users--administrators, teachers and parents--real-time access to student information they need all from a single centralized location."

Mesa, AZ-based Edupoint said that District 51 would be implementing the Synergy SIS and all integrated modules, including TeacherVUE Grade Book, as well as the ParentVUE and StudentVUE self-service Web portals. Edupoint will also provide implementation, data conversion and training services via its System Implementation Methodology (SIM).

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Jim Barthold is a freelance technology reporter. He can be reached at jimbarthold@comcast.net.

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