In early 2013, Oak Hill United School Corporation was looking for its next student information system. After proceeding through a few months of demonstrations and discussions with vendors, the corporation chose a competing firm that administrators believed would suit Oak Hill’s needs.
But the story doesn’t end here.
Oak Hill, located about 70 miles north of Indianapolis in Converse, Indiana, was having issues with the installation and implementation of its newly selected system. The school corporation’s technology team soon found, through several conversations, that area schools were having some of the same problems. It became clear that the new provider presented fundamental issues when it came to employing its SIS software.
A significant challenge for Oak Hill teachers was not being able to input data into the system’s grade book – a necessity for any school. Soon enough Oak Hill administrators began pursuing a provider the corporation had considered in its initial search. After revisiting this option and discussing it further, officials selected a technology partner that would provide a smooth implementation of its SIS solution and was known to exceed expectations.
Brandt Lynch, technology coordinator at Oak Hill, described why the corporation needed to make a second switch to the new SIS. “We needed to modernize a number of our workflows and make better use of current generation features,” he said.
“We had an implementation of another product that went so poorly, the software never recovered in our organization,” Lynch explained. “The core users of the product use this software all day every day, and if the product doesn't meet their needs, they have a bad day – or year.”
“We reached a point where waiting for fixes and updates wasn't happening in a manner that was going to turn our first rollout around, so making the switch to Skyward was the best choice we have made,” Lynch added. “The structure and series of checks and balances that Skyward implements as part of their standard rollout package is second to none.”