MCHENRY, Ill., Sept. 22, 2009 – Ten K-12 school professionals, representing a cross-section of district sizes throughout the country, have been named to a textbook management customer advisory group formed by Follett Software Company, the partner that more than half of America’s school districts trust to help them manage everything from library resources and school assets to information for data-driven decision making.
The Destiny Textbook Manager Advisory Group is scheduled to meet for the first time beginning Thursday (Sept. 24) in Milwaukee, and will assist Follett Software to accomplish several goals, including evaluating existing products and services, providing a vehicle for customer input in product development and defining critical issues in the educational environment.
The 10 board members, each of whom has made a two-year commitment, are:
o Mona Barnes, textbook resource manager, East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Baton Rouge, La.
o Lisa Burleson, director, instructional materials, Gwinnett County Board of Education, Suwanee, Ga.
o Vicki Comman, instructional materials analyst, Palm Beach County Board of Education, West Palm Beach, Fla.
o Terri Cox, coordinator, instructional materials, Comal Independent School District, New Braunfels, Texas
o Sheila Geddie, textbook specialist, Baldwin County School District, Bay Minette, Ala.
o Joan Gray, technology director, Bedford County Board of Education, Shelbyville, Tenn.
o Burt Jordan, instructional specialist, Duval County School District, Jacksonville, Fla.
o Carri Kockritz, secretary to director of curriculum, Battle Ground (Wash.) Public Schools.
o Gene Menicucci, district librarian, Stockton (Calif.) Unified School District.
o Barbara VanSeveren, procurement, Green Bay (Wisc.) Board of Education.
With K-12 districts seeking to gain greater accountability and control over textbooks – one of their largest and most important annual investments – there is growing momentum to adopt Follett Software’s Destiny Textbook Manager, a centralized, browser-based system. The product is now in more than 11,000 schools (800 districts) nationwide, a marked increase from just four years ago when the product was in 2,000 schools. A total of 37 of the country’s 100 largest school districts have chosen to partner with Follett Software Company for improved textbook management.
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Follett Software Company is the partner that over half of America’s school districts trust to help them manage everything from library resources and school assets to information for data-driven decision making. Follett Software Company helps districts of all sizes track and use information and resources more efficiently so their dollars are best leveraged to help each and every student. Follett Software Company is a subsidiary of Follett Corporation – a $2.37 billion, privately-held company that provides products, services and solutions to the educational marketplace. Follett Corporation was founded in 1873 and has its headquarters in River Grove, Ill.
About Destiny Textbook Manager
Destiny Textbook Manager is the market leading browser-based solution that helps K-12 schools and districts to manage expensive and vital textbook resources across the multiple locations of a district. The product helps districts
eliminate over-ordering and stockpiling of books; effectively monitor and track textbook transfers across multiple locations; ensure that students have the right textbooks when they need them; and improve their ability to collect fines for lost and damaged materials.
Doug Thompson | Thompson Drake Public Relations