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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (May 3, 2016) ­– Skyward, a K-12 school administrative software provider, announces three district partnerships in Minnesota. School District 197 West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan, South St. Paul Public Schools, and Bloomington Public Schools have selected Skyward’s School Business Suite.
While the three districts had different motives for pursuing a new business management solution, all arrived at the same conclusion to meet their specific needs. When the time was right to move forward, each district chose to partner with Skyward, an industry leader for more than 35 years.
“We noticed our colleagues in other districts beginning to make the change to Skyward and felt that it was a good time for us to do the same,” said Aaron Bushberger, finance director at South St. Paul Public Schools. “With limited school budgets, we felt like the cost of the product was an important consideration. We now expect to see savings that we can reinvest into other areas of the district.”
Rod Zivkovich, executive director of finance and support services at Bloomington Public Schools, and Brian Schultz, director of finance at School District 197, explained why they also chose to follow suit with several districts in the state.
“There are so many state and federal changes happening, such as the Affordable Care Act, and we needed to achieve compliance with these processes through technology,” Zivkovich said. “In addition to the benefits of cost-savings, we are excited to experience real-time integration across the entire district, from desktop to all mobile devices.”
Schultz also looks forward to seeing district dollars go farther, while gaining customization, integration and functionality required. “There is a high value for the price paid,” Schultz said. “The flexibility in the configuration of the School Business Suite supports the unique business processes of our district.”
Administrators recognize they are partnering with an established firm and business management solution they can count on. “Skyward not only has a strong Minnesota presence, but they have a nationwide presence,” Bushberger said. “I feel this allows them to be ahead of the curve and design products that not only work for districts now, but will work for them into the future.”