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Hi Amanda, 

We switched from Blackboard to SchoolMessenger last spring.  We were experiencing a lot of dropped calls (cell calls) using Blackboard. 

So far I have not heard any complaints about SchoolMessenger including dropped calls.  The cost of SchoolMessenger is $2.00 per student and there is a one time set up fee of $750.00.  The on boarding was very smooth and we were set up and using it by April (with a July 1 PO) so we got some free months out of it and it allowed us to have both Blackboard and SchoolMessenger live at the same time in case there were issues.  Support has been very good. 


On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 9:38 PM Michelle Devino <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi Amanda,

We are using SchoolMessenger as well. We had AlertNow years ago before they changed over to Blackboard Connect 5. We made the decision at that time to move to Alert Solutions. We did not have good luck at all with them, and moved to SchoolMessenger a few years ago. I have not heard any major complaints. Folks seem to be pretty happy with SchoolMessenger. I couldn't find a recent PO for pricing. The integration with PowerSchool is nice and they have been very reliable. 

Michelle M. Devino
Data Manager
Colchester School District


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On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 2:40 PM Amanda Bickford <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
What is everyone using for their school alert systems?  And do you mind sharing your pricing per student?

Thanks,


Amanda Bickford
Director of Technology
The Village School of North Bennington 

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