We looked at many tools, but were impressed by GuideK12’s ease of use and the fact that it is a web-based platform. Two years ago we created boundaries for a new building. I wish we had GuideK12 at that time. With GuideK12, I can select an area on the district map to create various scenarios in seconds. In the past, we hand drew maps and it took hours to accurately count the kids on each street. With GuideK12 I have a picture of the area and the impact of each proposal instantly.
Director of Student Services
Warren County Public Schools
GuideK12 was an instrumental part of getting all stakeholders on board throughout what could have been an incredibly difficult process. The innovative platform gave us the ability to show real-time maps of the potential scenarios within our district to increase all stakeholders’ understanding, help answer questions and gain their support by effectively translating data.
Director of Public Information
Sunnyside Unified School District
By standardizing the data flow into a GuideK12 environment, it allows more people to ask qualitative and quantitative questions without the intervention of the IT staff time or data specialists. It’s a democratization of information. We don’t want to be data rich and information poor. GuideK12 software makes data accessible to those who need to answer questions, without putting them through a cumbersome process to access it.
Lincoln Public Schools
Dr. Sheryl Abshire
When we first saw GuideK12, our team immediately recognized applications for GuideK12 beyond boundary planning. When this type of information is at the fingertips of district leadership in three clicks or less, our job becomes easier and makes what we do more strategic and valuable. Our CFO at the time (now Superintendent) immediately saw GuideK12 as a must have solution.
We will make decisions with current data, for current situations in the best interest of our students with GuideK12.
Many districts, like Calcasieu Parish, are faced with budgetary issues and declining enrollments. With GuideK12 software, we are able to see data that wasn’t previously available to us. What used to take weeks to put together, now takes only minutes. We were flying blind on some of these more difficult tasks before GuideK12, which allows the ability to create scenarios and quickly see how the changes affect the make-up of a school. This information can be shared immediately with the board or community members to increase their understanding for attendance changes. When superintendents can quickly report how and why decisions are made, the integrity of the district increases dramatically.
GuideK12 was an invaluable resource that allowed us to input needed data to highlight and identify the areas we looked to make changes. It was highly beneficial to have one place to house the data we needed to inform decisions. The ability to overlay growth projections, boundary proposals and other data on our district map was incredibly valuable to our team. Having a central customized platform with consistent data was essential for a smooth, transparent and timely process.
Director of Administrative Services
Wayzata Public Schools
The ability to understand and display things like voter locations and property values was invaluable to our district, allowing us to concentrate limited resources that led to greater success and transparency. GuideK12 was helpful to show population concentrations on a digital, interactive map throughout the bond process to gain understanding and support.
Cassia County School District 151
“The staff is very excited about the opportunities and possibilities of GuideK12…”
Dr. Heather Beck
Lake Oswego School District
As a Superintendent, relating to the various stakeholders within our district and community is essential — from our educators and administrators, to the school board and families. Becoming also critically important, is Superintendents quickly understanding and acting on data affecting all facets of a district. I see data as a crucial element for making informed decisions that allow me to communicate effectively with each of these stakeholders.
I rely on our people to make great decisions, but it is very beneficial to utilize technology such as GuideK12 to improve the ability to make even more informed decisions.
We have always had the capacity to create spreadsheets of data, but to be able to quickly query and visualize data while projecting it on a screen for everyone in a group meeting is very powerful and allows for better discussions and understanding. We know we have just begun to scratch the surface with GuideK12’s powerful functionality.
Dr. Robert Haley
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District
Many organizations — our district included — are very good at collecting data but not always good at putting it to good use. This is what GuideK12 is designed to do for us.
Lincoln Public Schools Board Member
I’ve done so many data integrations. This is without a doubt the easiest one we have done. Everything about working with GuideK12 was easy — not your typical integration story. GuideK12’s personalized approach sets them apart.
“Over past 18 months our District developed a Long Range Facilities Plan that will be a $97.5 million Bond Referendum on May 12, 2016. During the planning stages we used Guide K-12 for student population locations, possible boundary moves, and analyzing demographics. The plan will configure our District into a K-5 Elementary, 6-8 Junior High, 9-12 High School from it’s current configuration of K-6 Elementary, 7-9 Junior High, 10-12 High School. Over the past 4 months we have communicated this plan at over 70 meetings for the public, parents and staff of the district and used graphics we developed from the Guide K-12 program.
The quickness and ease of looking at many different scenarios during planning was awesome.
Now as suggestions for change are developed we can quickly check if they are even a possibility. We are able to answer most questions within minutes of receiving them. This is a great planning tool.
Mr. Dennis Bloom
Director of Operations
Stillwater Area Public Schools
“GuideK12 was implemented to enable the administrative team access to data they need for better decisions in less time with a web-based tool. Farmington Municipal schools serve 10,800 students with a wide range of needs, covering a large geographic area, causing additional planning challenges.
“When you have to rely on someone else for information pertinent to your job, delays and waiting are inevitable. GuideK12 is a perfect solution for us to provide decision makers with access to the data they need in real time, without delays or bottlenecks, wherever they are working. This alone has proved invaluable thus far.
“There are a lot of things you can do in a Student Information System (SIS) to analyze information, but extracting data and visualizing it geographically is not one of them. Our student population is highly mobile, so the ability to select an area on a map; get instant information on those student’s needs enables immediate, data driven decisions that benefit everyone. With GuideK12, we can run multiple ‘What if’ scenarios, read the results instantly, and have faith in the accuracy of the data.
“Farmington Schools has just completed a middle school redistricting process, and the resulting movement of students is presenting a myriad of challenges for principals in anticipating the needs of their student population for the upcoming school year. In the past, Farmington Principals have had to wait for reports and data to come from the district office. With this new system, each will have access to the information they need when they need it.
“This was the quickest software turn around we have seen to date in Farmington, from the moment we learned of this solution to implementation was only 8 weeks , truly a ‘no-brainer’ for us.”
Mr. Robert Emerson
Assistant Superintendent of Technology, Assessment, and Accountability
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