GuideK12 and Springsted Inc. Announce Strategic Alliance

Powerful combination of referendum expertise from Springsted Inc. coupled with geovisual analytics from GuideK12 offer more answers for district decision makers

MINNEAPOLIS, MN May 20, 2014 – GuideK12™, the leading provider of geovisual analytics for the education marketplace is pleased to announce a strategic relationship with Springsted Inc., also based in MN, which provides independent financial advisory services and a broad range of management and consulting services including referendum planning to school districts.

This partnership combines expertise from each company to offer school districts across the country strategic and actionable insight for the changing needs of district decision makers, primarily around referendum planning, new buildings and boundary mapping.

“This announcement represents a powerful combination of the unique and innovative capabilities of GuideK12’s geovisual software with Springsted’s 60 years of financial and management consulting experience to increase speed, accuracy and effectiveness of important district decisions,” said Don Lifto PhD, Executive Vice-President, Springsted Inc. “We are excited to offer our partner districts additional capabilities to meet the ever growing need for greater ability to make data-driven decisions that are effective and efficient. Being able to visualize data and understand a community at the parcel level is powerful insight. ”

GuideK12™ is a web-based Geovisual Analytic tool that helps school districts solve critical educational challenges by visualizing data to drive decisions. Having the ability to link student and county information, a district can save time and money while increasing transparency for everything from boundary planning, to program resource allocation to student performance analysis. Having data in an interactive map allows administrators to run “what if” scenarios which drive more efficient and accurate decisions. Schools are swimming with data, GuideK12 translates data into actionable information so administrators can visualize, analyze and predict.

“We are thrilled with this new relationship as it allows us to provide districts even more insight around funding initiatives than ever before. For districts seeking new funding, it is vitally important to have solid, digestible data to share with the community and increase the odds of a passing vote. Our software provides the lens districts need to communicate more clearly with the public on topics that affect students in their schools and the community as a whole,” shared Chuck Amos, CEO, GuideK12.

About GuideK12:
Based in Eagan, MN, GuideK12LLC is a geovisual analytics software company, which enables education decision makers to instantly explore and analyze school district data by adding a geographic and visual dimension to their student and community information. By visualizing information spatially, decisions on everything from boundary analysis, to policy changes, to resource planning and forecasting enrollments can be more insightful and faster. Named a finalist for a 2013 SIIA CODiE award for best enterprise solution and selected by the NSBA as a technology showcase company, GuideK12 serves large metro, suburban and rural school districts throughout the United Sates. It is owned by private investors and a private investment group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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About Springsted Incorporated:
Springsted Inc. provides public finance and management and consulting services to rural, suburban, urban and intermediate school districts throughout the United States. Springsted’s public education client representatives and consultants have decades of experience in the trenches, most having served as either school superintendents or business managers. Our experience and expertise allow us to respond to not only our clients’ public finance needs, but also to provide support and solutions for a broad range of operational and planning challenges. By matching our considerable resources with the changing needs of our clients, solutions are identified, challenges are met and students ultimately benefit through more effective teaching and learning.

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