How do you find transportation savings in a school district that is growing by leaps and bounds? Ask Joe Dives of Magnolia ISD: his district of 13,200 students has grown more than 10 percent just in the last three years, and between 2007 and 2009 the district grew nearly 30 percent in size. Yet transportation … Continue reading Finding Savings in a Growing District: Tales from the Road
It always makes us smile here at Tyler Technologies when we hear specific examples of how our solutions make life easier for districts, and recently, I heard from Greenfield Public Schools in Massachusetts. “Greenfield’s transportation department needed a better solution to track and report on student activity outside the classroom,” said Michael Howes, transportation coordinator … Continue reading Tales From the Road: Route Savings Translate to Classroom Gains
Working with transportation offices around the U.S. and Canada is one of the best parts of working at Tyler Technologies. This is especially true when I hear stories about how our solutions really help districts meet the struggles they face. For example, in 2016, challenges were quickly adding up for Dwayne Dimsdale, transportation director of … Continue reading Georgia District Turns Challenges Into Opportunities with Versatrans
Recently, as part of my work for Tyler Technologies, I got the chance to speak with Transportation Director Brenda Cravens, who works for Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) 60 in North Berwick, Maine. In the past year she switched from the state-sponsored routing software to Traversa, and I asked to share her story here to … Continue reading Tales from the Road: Maine District Switches to Traversa for Ease of Use
As a society, we are constantly on the go. Almost everything is becoming available on a mobile platform as technology continues to advance. Routing software should be no different. Which is one of the reasons I love to talk with people about Traversa, the transportation management software from Tyler Technologies. And, specifically, about a feature … Continue reading 5 Reasons Traversa’s Run Collector Is Tried and True
In Men, Machines, and Modern Times, Elting Morison shares the story of a British officer in the 1940s who was reviewing his unit’s processes. Previously pulled by horses, the unit’s cannons had been mechanized, and the officer brought in an expert to study stop-motion pictures of a light artillery crew going through their firing drills. … Continue reading Are You Still Holding Your Horses?
The last time you took a summer vacation somewhere new, where did you stop to purchase your atlas? That’s your laughably rhetorical question for the day. Whether you’re reacting with nostalgia, or you’re wondering what an atlas is, you agree that it’s a pretty absurd thought these days. Disruption. That’s the word we use when … Continue reading Technology Disruption? Or Evolution?
I recently witnessed a fascinating discussion at a conference that has had me thinking ever since. A K-12 support professional stated that it was her responsibility to be as effective as possible when providing services for students in support of their educational goals. A peer immediately responded that he felt that it was his duty … Continue reading Efficiency versus Effectiveness
When you work at a school district, every day you hear about the need to be more efficient. As a public servant, you not only have pressure from within the organization to do more with less, you also have pressure from your taxpayers. There are many ways a school district can do more with less. … Continue reading Improve Efficiency by Using Every Feature of Your SIS
“In government, as in most realms of life, we find it safer and easier to do what we've always done, simply because we've always done it. Only on rare occasions, usually at times of crisis, do we step back to gain a broader perspective, erase all our preconceived ideas and routine behaviors, and take a … Continue reading Challenging the Status Quo Pays Big Rewards for One Vermont School District