Administrative & Business

Pennsylvania Districts Make Joint Decision To Upgrade Financial, Personnel Processes

Four school districts in Bedford County, PA have all decided to automate what were mainly manual financial and personnel management systems with the same software.

The four districts — Bedford Area, Chestnut Ridge, Northern Bedford County and Tussey Mountain school districts — all had used the same legacy system and made the joint decision to switch to Tyler's Infinite Vision software from Tyler Technologies, in part because it would allow them to share resources.

The four Bedford County school districts were counseled by schools and school districts in nearby Blair County that had created a consortium several years ago to review, evaluate and pick new technologies. Those three are the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center (GACTC), Hollidaysburg School District and the Claysburg-Kimmel School District.

Tyler Technologies' Infinite Visions, designed specifically for K-12 school districts, is an enterprise suite that can be used for financial, purchasing, human resources, payroll, warehouse, fixed assets and state reporting modules. It offers centralized workflows, real-time access to consolidated data and reduced duplication of many activities.

District representatives said one of the most important features they would be getting with Infinite Visions is the sophisticated federal and state reporting processes, something that has become more of an issue in recent years.

The four Bedford County districts, GACTC and Claysburg-Kimmel district also made the decision to have the software delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS).

The Blair County districts have a total of about 5,400 students in 13 schools. The Hollidaysburg and Claysburg-Kimmel districts have a total of about 4,200 students in seven schools while GACTC serves about 1,000 students from a number of counties.

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Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.