Kansas School District Chooses Student Management Suite

Geary County Schools USD 475 in Kansas has selected the Student Management Suite from Skyward to manage student data throughout the district. Geary County Schools, which serve approximately 8,000 students, will now be able to integrate the student suite with its Skyward School Business Suite, allowing for a single database solution.

The district selected the Skyward Student Management Suite to track and analyze student progress and information. Skyward offers a web-based system that integrates attendance, grading, scheduling, food service, discipline and demographic information in one centralized system to minimize data entry and ensure accuracy. The software simplifies administrative functions and reporting while facilitating school-to-home communication and staff collaboration.

Janet Christian, executive coordinator of finance for Geary County Schools, cited the system’s user friendliness, thoughtful user interface and Skyward customer support as three main reasons the district switched to Skyward as its student information system vendor. Christian explained that the efficiency of Skyward software will help the district save time and money.

“With our previous SIS vendor, we expended many hours reviewing and modifying student data for state reporting, which was truly exhausting considering our district serves thousands of students,” she said. “With Skyward reporting features, we’ll have accurate data that can be extracted quickly and efficiently on a moment’s notice. We’re happy that we can finally receive the customer service, attention and support on the student side that we’ve experienced for many years on the school business side.”

The district began its search for a new SIS vendor in September 2012, and after an onsite demonstration, extensive follow-ups and several visits with Skyward customers in Kansas, Skyward was chosen by the district. Geary County Schools will begin implementation of the Skyward Student Management Suite and facilitate staff training in July 2013.