We’ve used PowerSchool for several years. My understanding is that 50% of the schools in Vermont use it.
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Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 11:42 AM
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Subject: Re: Student Information Systems
I recommend holding off on selecting a new SMS, if possible. Lisa Gauvin at the DOE shared:
The state is submitting a grant (due Dec 4th) to the feds for a statewide SMS. If it is approved in May 2010, a proposal for vendors will be posted. The proposed time line is then:
- A vendor/software would be selected around October 2010.
- The process of bring a few schools on board would start in January 2011.
- Other schools would be brought on-line in a two year time frame
If it happens, the grant would cover the initial software and hardware purchase, as well as training.
Tentative plan is for an off-the-shelf product that would be hosted at one location, to which all schools would have client and/or web interfaces. There might be local hosting at some larger schools with a nightly sync to the state server.
There are lots of pros to this scenario. The major con I see is the practicality of pulling it off.
I believe that
Disclaimer: The above scenario is my interpretation and memory of what I understood Lisa to convey. Any errors in representation are probably mine.
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Chittenden East Supervisory
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>>> Tim Bourne <[log in to unmask]> 11/24/2009 11:24 AM >>>
Does anyone have any suggestions about selecting a student information system. If you have recently gone with a new system it would be helpful to hear your experiences. I'm constructing a matrix and want to make sure all considerations are in it without being overwhelming. I would really like to hear from those of you who have a success story to tell.
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