Districts hammered with budget cuts need to leverage cost saving solutions instead of eliminating teachers and schools
DALLAS, March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- School districts across America are struggling with devastating budget cuts. Schools are closing, administrators and teachers are losing their jobs, and the quality of education is declining due to larger classrooms and fewer resources.
One process that continues to plague our nation's schools is the annual registration and enrollment process. Most school districts don't realize they are wasting millions of dollars each year on registration and enrollment. In addition to being one of the most costly components of a school's budget, this process can also hinder schools' abilities to predict the number of students enrolling each year. As a result, allocation of teachers and other resources becomes inaccurate, causing disastrous budget cut issues. With technological advances and more people accessing the Web, an online registration system has proven to save districts millions of dollars, increase accuracy, and reduce legal exposure.
Over the years, though other industries have advanced and moved from old, inefficient methods to more efficient, technology-based solutions, many of our nation's schools have continued to use the same paper-based administration methods. Surprisingly, most districts are still handing out paper packets for parents to fill out and return for manual processing. By replacing the archaic paper-based method with an automated, electronic process, districts can expect to save a staggering 80-90% each year. Additionally, districts can see the number of students enrolled before the first day of school, which allows them to budget their resources accordingly.
Chris Cunningham, with Highland Park ISD in Dallas, TX, puts the benefits of online registration and enrollment into perspective, "Our district has saved money, time, and paperwork, allowing us to meet our registration needs. This highly effective tool has allowed our district staff to concentrate on serving our students and their families."
Transitioning from paper forms to online student enrollment sounds almost intuitive, but Chris Lively, CEO of School Office Pro student enrollment software has seen firsthand just how far behind our nation's schools are. "The reality is 90% of schools are behind when it comes to technology," he said, "and it's costing millions of dollars."
He goes on to say, "Most schools don't even realize they are essentially throwing money away, money that could be used to keep schools open and teachers employed."
Dallas-based School Office Pro, LLC has developed a highly efficient, cost-saving tool that has an average savings of around 80-90% versus paper-based registration systems. For additional information, please contact Michael Terrell at 214-774-4263 or by email at email@example.com.
SOURCE School Office Pro, LLC