For all districts, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a flurry of preparations ahead of the 2020–21 school year. But the staff at Comal Independent School District had an extra project on their plate: getting their new Skyward Qmlativ system up and running. Despite limited staffing due to school closures and no in-person trainings, Comal ISD stepped up to the challenge and successfully implemented their new system by mid-summer. 
While still early in its use of Qmlativ, Comal ISD is already seeing the benefits. One of the staff’s favorite parts of being a Qmlativ district is using the financial system as a complete solution, rather than using two separate platforms as they did in the past. This has greatly improved their efficiency in budgeting, purchasing, and in accounts payable. What’s next? Using ecommerce and ACH payments, which they lacked in their prior system. 
Catherine Janda, director of purchasing at Comal ISD, credits key leaders David Andersen, Crystal Hermesch, Rita Molina, Justine Swick, and Jenny Hale with making this transition successful. They worked tirelessly, giving up days off and logging crazy virtual hours. They, along with countless other district members, deserve some recognition for their hard work. That’s what the Leader in Excellence Award is all about!Cop.

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