Administrative/Business Tools

Kansas Districts Unify Student, Business Administrative Systems

Two rural Kansas school districts chose the Skyward School Management System as they transition from antiquated administrative processes to one that is easier, cheaper and more efficient.

Twin Cities School District Consolidates Administrative Functions

Taking advantage of Infinite Campus SIS, Shakopee Public Schools now has a single system for all student information, finance, human resources, payroll and business functions.

Houston District Updates Financial Management System

Galena Park Independent School District will replace its current system with one made by Prologic Technology Systems.

Charleston District To Update Employee Payroll, Attendance Processes

The Charleston County (SC) School District selected Kronos Inc.'s cloud-based systems to keep track of employee payroll and attendance.

Lower Fuel Prices Could Mean K-12 Tech Windfall

One investment firm estimates that schools will experience a $2 billion savings in lower fuel prices for the current fiscal year and could likely spend this "found money" on technology and consumables such as digital content. However, what could turn out to be a boon for some states could have detrimental effects on other states.

New York Charter School Implements Consolidated SIS and Financials

Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation in New York City has replaced its home-grown information system with a consolidated student information and financial system.

California District Adopts Online Registration and Payment Tools

California's San Marino Unified School District has adopted an online registration and payment system in an effort to streamline the processes.

Walking the Student Data Tightrope

"In addition to the purely legal issue, [student data privacy is] really something that school districts should look at from a PR and political perspective and to engage the right people throughout the process," according to attorney Bret Cohen.

iPad Deployments To Continue at Los Angeles District in Time for Testing

In spite of what has been classified as a "criminal investigation" at the Los Angeles Unified School District regarding its discontinued 1-to-1 iPad program, the district is plowing ahead with purchases of iPads to prepare its students for Smarter Balanced online assessments. At the same time the district will also be purchasing Google Chromebooks.

How a Mobile Principal Connects Students and Teachers at a Title I Elementary School

Delsia Malone has headed W.E. Striplin — the Gadsden, AL, school she attended as a child — since 2004. Under her leadership, the K-5, Title I school now boasts a computer lab, iPads in every classroom, MacBooks for every teacher and a 1-to-1 program for fifth-grade students.