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Follett Software Co. said its Destiny Textbook Manager software was able to save Florida’s Escambia County School District $100,000 that would have been spent to purchase replacement textbooks. The Destiny Textbook Manager installs on district servers and can be accessed from any networked computer, allowing district officials to get a direct look at school textbook inventories.

GlobalScholar said it has acquired Colorado-based ExLogica Inc., developer of the Silk Student Information System and Silk Schedule. Through this collaboration, the ExLogica SIS and schedule will become part of the Pinnacle Suite, a set of online tools from GlobalScholar subsidiary Excelsior Software that manage and align curriculum, assessments, and more.

Lightspeed Systems unveiled automated energy conservation software that enables school and district IT staff to easily manage, reduce, and report energy use and costs for all the computers on their networks, the company said.

Psychological Software Solutions, which produces behavioral improvement solutions for schools, announced the results from several implementations reportedly demonstrating that use of its Five Steps to Improving Student Behavior and Review360 leads to noteworthy reductions in disruptive behavior, increased rates of inclusion for students with emotional and behavioral disorders, dramatic reduction in school district expenditures on behavioral services, and–ultimately–significant gains in academic achievement.

PublicSchoolWORKS released two new reporting tools in its Student Behavior Management System, an online system that tracks and documents behavior investigations, interventions, detentions, suspensions, out-of-class time, and remedial actions in an effort to improve staff, student, and parent communications. The new reporting additions, Positive Behavior Reports and Documentation Reports, allow school staff to easily reinforce, report, and communicate positive student behaviors and record non-referral behaviors that typically appear in teacher notebooks and are not available to building-level administrators, the company said.

PublicSchoolWORKS also announced a web-based, automated crisis management training program through its EmployeeSafe Suite. The Custom Crisis Management Training Module allows districts to create district- and school-specific courses that tie directly to their crisis management plan and reinforce required periodic drills.

Skyward demonstrated its School Management System, a complete software solution for all school administrative needs. The system encompasses student, finance, and human-resources information, enabling districts to better manage student progress, annual budgets, employee pay, and food service from a single, centralized database, Skyward said. Designed specifically for the needs of K-12 schools, the system also includes state reporting functionality.

TeleParent is a parental engagement tool designed to eliminate all barriers to effective communication, delivering vital information to all parents automatically in more than 20 languages, the company said. Users can choose from more than 700 preset messages to let parents know how their child is doing in class, if their child has missed school, or if there is some type of school emergency, among other things.

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