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A Better Implementation Experience

See how three Texas districts, large and small, were able to meet their accelerated implementation timelines.

Better than Free

What made this progressive TN district bypass a free, state-provided SIS in favor of Skyward?

Community Engagement Leads to Improved Outcomes

Exceptional service and a commitment to transparency lead to greater achievement for two Illinois districts.

County Officials Automate and Save

See how one TN county left "the old way" behind and transformed their operations with Skyward's Municipality Management Suite.

Early Returns Lead to Universal Buy-In

Find out how the successful transition to a modern SIS and ERP solution has led one Florida district to expect more from its technology.

Engagement is Bigger in Texas

Proactive parent and community engagement is a fundamental component of this large Texas district.

Family Access Results Hit Close to Home

Transparency is the key to keeping parents and teachers on the same page. Here's how one district used Family Access to promote better communication among all stakeholders.

Improved Reporting, Better Results

With the help of Skyward’s Student Management Suite, two Florida school districts have transformed their processes to become more efficient and improve communication.

Multi-District Consortium Favors Stability

In an industry where features and functionality can start to blend in, a proven track record of excellence and loyalty is still important.

No Thank You; We'll Stick with Skyward

When the state of South Dakota offered a free, state-sponsored student management system, this long-time Skyward partner decided to take a pass.

One Partner + One Platform = Big Results

See how major budget cuts were offset by a better SIS experience in one New Jersey district.

Perfect Fit for Unique Situations

Find out how Skyward's Fee Management area was tailored to the needs of a Michigan district with six childcare centers.

Reducing Costs with SIF

Texas district transformed by Skyward's SIF-compliant Student Management Suite

Saving Time and Money with Automated Business Practices

The switch to a maintenance-free ERP solution has saved one Pennsylvania district six figures on an annual basis while eliminating the headaches of paper-based processes.

Small IT Department, Big Results

See how a 26,000 student TX district jumped "30 years into the future" with one decision.

State Reporting Done Right

In the pursuit of State and Federal compliance, it's all about reducing the burden on district staff. Here's how two districts have completely changed their approach to mandatory reporting.

Streamlined Workflows and Flexible Integration

The depth of product is matched only by Skyward's commitment to continuous improvement.

The Bigger the District...

See how one of the nation's largest school districts was able to consolidate its student management, financial accounting, and human resources operations.

Two Illinois Districts Simplify Business Office Tasks

Antiquated technology can be a challenging barrier to school district operations. These districts are glad they looked to a future with Skyward.

What Making a Change Should Look Like

A smooth implementation shouldn't be the exception, but for this southern Wisconsin district, it was a welcome break from the status quo.

When 5 Months > 10 Years

After struggling for a decade to implement its previous SIS, this Kansas district decided to go in another direction.



Success Story

Mountain Home School District (Idaho)






Enrollment: 3,850
Schools: 8
Implemented: 2013


Mountain Home School District in Mountain Home, Idaho needed to leverage innovative, comprehensive technology to support more effective business practices at the administrative level. Cliff Ogborn, director of fiscal operations, provided insight into challenges the district was facing with its previous financial management software and explained how transitioning to a holistic solution resulted in optimized performance.

"The module having the greatest impact on our operations is payroll,” Ogborn said. The district’s payroll personnel had often spent a day and a half pulling the voids and reissues out of the district’s previous system in an attempt to balance the books. “This difficulty simply does not exist with Skyward,” he said. “Skyward is fast and effective.” 

The district was able to access individual payroll information and history from prior years with a solution optimized to perform key financial functions. “All that information is right there, and we do not have to log out of one year and log into a different year just to see year-to-year rates,” Ogborn said. “Payroll data entry is efficient with Skyward, and we now have the ability to track changes made for each employee online to verify deductions were changed correctly, pay rates are implemented timely and stipends are set to be paid.”

"I WISH WE WOULD HAVE SWITCHED TO SKYWARD YEARS AGO. WE ARE SUCH A BETTER ORGANIZATION WITH IT THAN WE WERE BEFORE."

The district streamlined its workflow in additional business practices with the implementation of an advanced technology. The number of required steps from submission to approval for district purchase orders was decreased.
 
“We have received several comments from the secretaries about how the purchase order process with Skyward is easier and more efficient than under our previous software,” Ogborn said.

“I love the exports to Excel,” he added. “This is a tremendous step forward from the way I had to generate reports from our previous software.” The district’s record-keeping procedures were enhanced and Ogborn’s work duties simplified. Even the most basic business practices experienced immediate improvement.

“All in all, I dreaded changing financial systems because it is scary, it is time consuming and all procedures basically need to be redone,” Ogborn said. “In retrospect, I wish we would have switched to Skyward years ago. We are such a better organization with it than we were before.”
 
"SKYWARD IS FAST AND EFFECTIVE."


Ogborn described how the district became more efficient and experienced cost savings in support fees and supplies. Employees now have greater access to data when they need it and experience accelerated business operations.

“Skyward is rapidly evolving their products into better, more efficient products,” Ogborn said. “I am looking forward to what Skyward is doing and what they are coming out with next year, the next two years and the next five years.”
 
Mountain Home School District’s return on investment was measurable and sustained. The transition to a comprehensive, results-oriented technology solution for financial and human resources management increased office productivity and reduced district costs. Ogborn and his personnel optimized performance in payroll, purchase orders, record-keeping and additional financial practices by implementing a holistic solution with the support of knowledgeable industry leaders.
 

Follow-Up Resource: School Business Suite 

It’s time to become a faster, more organized and effective business office. Find out how the School Business Suite can make that vision a reality. Contact us today to learn more. 


 


 
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