Northern California District Moves to Online Lottery System for Student Transfers
Mateo-Foster City School District in Foster City, CA
is automating the lottery system it uses to assign transfer students
For more than 15 years, the district with 12,000
20 schools has used a labor-intensive paper-based lottery system to
which of the 1,000 students who request transfers each year would be
able to do
This year, it will begin using an online system
deployed by InfoSnap,
a cloud-based registration management system provider, instead.
District Enrollment and Communications Coordinator Amber Farinha said
only will the streamlined lottery process save "countless hours of
hand-entering applications," it will give school staff
members a way to better
manage school waiting lists online. It will also allow more efficient
communication with families via e-mail and mailed notifications.
"We've done the math and InfoSnap will save us
dollars just in manpower alone," she said.
Since the San Mateo-Foster City School District has a
Spanish-speaking population, InfoSnap's online lottery process also
multilingual localization so that transfer request forms can be filled
Spanish as well.
"We were looking for an online-based lottery solution
would make it easier for families to apply for a transfer," Farinha
is an investment for our district that will provide a clear and concise
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.