Mesa, AZ (PRWEB) January 30, 2009
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), Fairfax, Va., recently executed a contract with Edupoint Educational Systems for the implementation of GENESIS, a student information and school improvement system that will replace SASI, the district's current system.
As one of the largest, academically successful school districts, FCPS is considered to be a pioneer by other school districts in the nation--they have a diverse population and a progressive approach to technology.
"We're well known for having the latest technology in our schools," said Ted Davis, director of information technology, FCPS. "We have a tendency to push our vendor partners, like Edupoint, to advance their technologies to meet our needs."
Student information systems are fundamental to the operation of any school district. No matter the size, a school system cannot function without one. They integrate all aspects of what it takes to operate a school; everything from keeping track of student demographics, enrollment, grading , discipline and activities. Timely, accurate data is essential for making instructional decisions and ensuring compliance with local, state and federal mandates.
FCPS went through a rigorous process before selecting a vendor for the new student information system. In developing the Request For Proposal, 36 focus groups were conducted with stakeholders across the school district. FCPS also had vendors in consideration spend a week on site in their lab.
With experience using Edupoint's Special Education product, GENESEA™, FCPS has a good understanding of the company's capabilities and feels confident working with them on this large initiative.
"We feel their technology base is strong and flexible, which is important since we have more than 165,000 students in more than 200 schools," said Davis. "From a functional perspective, Edupoint's product had many of the capabilities we were looking for and they were committed to providing the capabilities that were missing."
Edupoint's GENESIS has many advantages over older technologies. The program has a central architecture, is web-based and will include many integrated features previously provided by third-party software suppliers. With their current system, SASI, FCPS has more than 200 servers with separate databases. Vendor support for SASI will be discontinued in the near future, which means implementing a new system like GENESIS is critical to supporting FCPS' strategic goals and meeting their complex information needs.
"They chose a solution that will have a long, useful life," said Joseph Kirkman, president and CEO, Edupoint. "FCPS looked at total cost of ownership versus cost to buy in the first year. FCPS made a great long-term decision."
A phased implementation is planned with a pilot for elementary schools targeted for January 2010. The pilot for middle and high schools is slated to begin in the summer of 2010. The student information system will be installed and fully operational in all schools at the start of the 2010-2011 school year.
GENESIS and GENESEA are trademarks of Edupoint Educational Systems.
With offices in California and Arizona, and a new office in Virginia opening in 2009, Edupoint is dedicated to the development, implementation and support of the Student Information System product, GENESIS™, and its counterpart in Special Education, GENESEA™, which together constitute one fully integrated solution.
For more information, visit http://www.edupoint.com.
mreisig (at) canyoncomm.com
Joseph J. Kirkman
Edupoint Educational Systems
joe.kirkman (at) edupoint.com