After researching what solutions similar districts were using, the Cleveland Foundation introduced Hobsons' Naviance to CMSD for the 2011-12 school year.
The implementation process went smoothly, says Kate Schwab, supervisor of the Career-Technical Education/High School Transition program for CMSD.
Jeff McKissick, IT and data services manager at CollegeNow and the Naviance implementation project manager for CMSD, says Naviance has been extremely helpful in keeping an eye on standardized test scores.
CMSD has $185 million in outstanding debt, including $162 million of GO bonds and notes, and $14 million in conduit.
CMSD is revising the program to incorporate increased cost estimates and declining enrollment, and expects to adopt a new program by the end of the summer.
CMSD includes over 100 schools, a quarter of which are high schools and three quarters of which are pre-kindergarten - 8th grade schools.
Eugene Sanders, CEO of CMSD
; George Slyman, general manager of energy for the mid-central district of Siemens; and CMSD
board member Larry Davis.
It's of paramount importance that we all work to serve the best interests of every student in our system," said CMSD
Board Member Larry Davis.
The fifth grant, $250,000 over two years, went to the Federation for Community Planning for implementation of a comprehensive health plan for students in the CMSD
CMSD elected to adopt a site license for the URLabs I-Gear and Mail-Gear software, which will provide the district with the flexibility to deploy the software in every building with a dedicated server.
We also like the added features I-Gear provides such as proxy caching, which enables us to maximize use of our local network, so we can put less stress on the connection to the Internet," said Paul Karlin, educational technology manager for CMSD.
CMSD serves approximately 75,000 students and is rapidly incorporating technology throughout its schools, education centers, and administrative facilities, of which Internet access is a key component.