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Positive Experiences Lead Illinois School Districts To Choose Skyward School Business Suite

By Abi Mandelbaum
November 14th, 2014

Prairie Grove and Lyons School Districts select Skyward to streamline business operations

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (Nov. 13, 2014) ¬– Two Illinois school districts have designated Skyward, an industry leading K-12 school administrative software provider, to improve business operations within their districts. The School Business Suite from Skyward will help Prairie Grove Consolidated School District 46 (CSD46) and Lyons School District 103 reduce costs and improve district-wide efficiencies.

Positive experiences and the ability to include additional features as needed, attracted the Illinois districts to the company’s services. The Skyward School Business Suite allows proper analysis and explanation of financial and human resources data, resulting in cost savings and more clarity on expenses and revenues.

A small school district with nearly 800 students and 130 staff members, Prairie Grove CSD46 searched for a web-based solution that streamlined the preparation and monitoring of its budget. As business manager at Prairie Grove CSD46, Anna Kasprzyk is responsible for the district’s many business operations, including accounting, payroll, risk management and human resources. After using Skyward at a previous district, Kasprzyk saw a noticeable difference in everyday business activities without the software.

“Skyward is able to accommodate the different needs of each school district and streamline its many processes into one easy-to-use system,” said Kasprzyk. “The fact that Skyward is a well-established company gives our district peace of mind that there is support when we need it.”

Lyons School District 103 is a PK-8 district with more than 2,500 students and 425 staff members. With increases in students and staff, director of technology, Bryan Drozd, found that problems with data integrity and procedural miscues were becoming more prevalent. Three years after implementing the student database from Skyward, staff at Lyons School District 103 has become very familiar with the system, making the transition to the School Business Suite a logical choice.

“The most important feature is its ability to properly define and regulate processes, especially related to ordering and payroll,” said Drozd. “We can address these procedural inconsistencies and better manage access to timely information about our budget at the school and district level.”

Skyward serves more than 5 million students and 1,800 school districts worldwide. For more than 30 years, Skyward has provided industry-leading school administrative software that empowers educators to effectively integrate, manage and analyze all critical education data, including student information, academic performance, finance and human resources.

For more information on Skyward administrative software and IT consulting services for K-12 districts, visit www.skyward.com.

About Skyward
Skyward is a leading provider of K-12 school administrative software that surpasses districts’ needs in state reporting, improves operational capabilities, and opens communication between schools and families. Today, the Skyward School Management System™ is used in more than 1,800 school districts worldwide, ranging from districts with as few as 50 students to statewide implementations supporting more than 800,000 students. Founded in 1980, Skyward serves school districts with its integrated student, finance, and human resources suite of products and is proudly made and supported in the United States. To learn more, visit www.skyward.com.

About the Author:

Abi Mandelbaum

Abi Mandelbaum is CEO of YouVisit.