MCHENRY, Ill., Sept. 19, 2017 – Bernards Township School District in Basking Ridge, N.J., capped an extensive two-year search by selecting Follett's Aspen for its new student information system (SIS). The PreK-12 district implemented Aspen in time for the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, which began Sept. 7.
According to Superintendent of Schools Nick Markarian, the decision to move to a new SIS followed a selection committee's careful consideration of the district's needs, and the evaluation of several of the top student information systems in the marketplace. Markarian said Aspen was ultimately chosen because of its ability to:
- Provide robust data reporting;
- Create workflows to automate time-consuming tasks; and
- Integrate and sync with other software the district uses (including Follett's Destiny) to generate efficiencies and a single source of information.
"Moving to Aspen will provide a wonderful opportunity for our district to evaluate processes to make them better, more efficient and more user-friendly," he said. "We are so excited to grow Aspen over time in a way that increasingly serves the needs of students, staff, and parents."
Markarian said Aspen will allow students and parents to access information from home more efficiently and easily. "Right away, the benefits of both the student portal and the parent portal will be evident."
Aspen's Gradebook, used by teachers to capture attendance and grade information, will offer parents and students timely and confidential access through the SIS' web-based portal. Moreover, Aspen partners with SRC Solutions, Inc., for an online registration system. Gateway Suite for Aspen allows school districts to migrate their paper-based registration processes to a simple, yet dynamic, online registration environment.
"We applaud the district's selection committee for its rigorous and competitive search process," said George Gatsis, Senior Vice President of Technology Platforms, Follett School Solutions. "We are thrilled to expand our working relationship with Bernards Township, which also uses our Destiny solution for its library and resource management needs. The district is accomplishing one of its key goals by seamlessly integrating Aspen with our Destiny platform."
Bernards Township School District serves more than 5,400 students in six schools – four elementary, one middle and one high.
Follett's Aspen SIS currently serves more than two million students throughout 236 school districts in the U.S. and Canada. Follett recently announced Aspen was selected as the new SIS for Chicago Public Schools, the nation's third-largest school district.
For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted provider of educational resources to K-12 institutions. With proven experience in delivering educational content and technology solutions, Follett seeks to provide tools that connect educators and students in an evolving learning environment. For more information, visit www.follettlearning.com.
About Follett's PreK-12 Business
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.
About Follett Corporation
For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, colleges and campus stores, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach, students to learn and fans to celebrate. A leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett currently works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett's reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets. Today Follett Corporation is the world's largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Follett is a $3.6-billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.