(Lincoln, Nebraska, August 22, 2006) — SOCS – Simplified Online Communication System – and PaySchools, an online payment processing system, have formed a partnership that will provide school districts with effective online communication and an easy, economical way to receive payments for school-related items.
SOCS is an interactive, web-based content management system used by schools and districts across the country to communicate with parents, students and the communities they serve. Through the partnership, PaySchools brings to SOCS a secure online payment processing system that allows schools to receive electronic payments for items such as school lunches, fees, yearbooks and school apparel.
“Today’s time-pressed parents are looking for quick online access to up-to-date, school-related information which they receive through SOCS,” said Gary Targoff, Vice President of the Foundation for Educational Services, which provides SOCS. “With the addition of PaySchools, parents will also enjoy the convenience of paying for school-related items online.”
PaySchools will benefit schools by offering a low transaction fee; no monthly minimums; increased traffic to the school’s website; and a decrease in manual check processing, handling of cash and bounced checks.
“The benefits of PaySchools are enhanced when a district has a good online communication system – and that’s exactly what SOCS provides,” said Patrick Ricci, National Marketing Director for PaySchools. “We’re excited about this partnership because it’s a win-win for us, for SOCS and for school districts across the country.”
SOCS is provided by the Foundation for Educational Services, a nonprofit organization that has served the education community and nonprofit organizations since 1986. For more information, call 800-850-8357 or visit http://socs.fes.org.
PaySchools is provided by LGS, Inc., a subsidiary of the Iowa Association of School Boards, a not-for profit organization serving Iowa public schools. The PaySchools technology was developed by Information Services USA, a leader in development of school related technology solutions. PaySchools is sponsored by the National School Boards Association and several state school boards associations. For more information, call 866-PAY-5353 or visit www.payschools.com.