Minneapolis, MN – June 21, 2004 – Sagebrush Corporation, a leading provider of technologies and information resources for K-12 districts and schools, is pleased to announce a strategic alliance with the Central Minnesota Educational Research and Development Council (cmERDC). The alliance will support data driven decision making in Minnesota schools, utilizing the Sagebrush Analytics data analysis and management tools. Effective immediately, cmERDC will resell and provide customer support for Sagebrush Analytics to Minnesota school districts, in addition to their established broad service and support offerings for Minnesota schools.
Sagebrush Analytics allows educators and administrators to efficiently and cost effectively access, analyze, and share school and student data in a secure environment. Analytics provides all district staff – technical and non-technical – access to multiple data sources at the school and district levels through one easy-to-use, Web-based interface. Teachers, principals and district administrators are empowered through access to the right data to drive instructional strategies that positively impact student and school performance.
“We're excited to be joining forces with an established organization like cmERDC,” said Jim Zicarelli, Sagebrush CEO. “Our partnership links Sagebrush's national strength in K-12 information technologies to cmERDC's strong local support model. cmERDC is the preferred provider for Minnesota school districts for critical educational management software and support, including installation, hosting, technical support, and training, which only raised our level of confidence in forming this alliance.”
“Our decision to partner with Sagebrush in providing a data analysis tool for school districts of Minnesota wasn't a difficult one,” said John Messelt, Executive Director of cmERDC. “Sagebrush Analytics is an extremely flexible, easy-to-use, and cost-effective tool. And, the Sagebrush staff is a group of highly professional people who are passionately interested in the mission of the educational organizations they serve, which is right inline with what we strive for and value. After considering several products, Sagebrush came out a clear winner.”
In addition to this software and service partnership, Sagebrush and cmERDC are collaborating with cmERDC member districts to develop powerful and flexible data models that address critical achievement, enrollment, personnel, financial, and management issues for K-12 school districts.
About Sagebrush Corporation
Sagebrush Corporation is a fast-growing leader serving K-12 schools in their efforts to improve performance by providing students access to relevant information, stimulate interest in reading and manage information across the education process. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sagebrush features the award-winning Sagebrush Accent, Sagebrush Athena, and Sagebrush Spectrum library automation systems, the smart research tool Sagebrush Pinpoint and Sagebrush Analytics for informed, data-driven decision-making. Sagebrush Education Resources provides an ever-increasing title selection, instant online collection analysis, and time-saving tools through the online bookstore, www.sagebrushbooks.com. Sagebrush also features top-rated customer support, a wide range of training options and complete data enhancement services. Visit www.sagebrushcorp.com or call 1-800-533-5430.
About Central Minnesota Educational Research and Development Council (cmERDC)
cmERDC is a non-profit corporation established to provide services to school districts. Their mission is to provide the best possible solutions that benefit the educational community, through volume purchasing of products, expert support services, and strategic technologies. Through cmERDC, school districts have access to quality services in the areas of media, technology support, office and classroom equipment, office and classroom supplies, financial management, human resource systems, student information management, and software development. Services are provided directly through cmERDC and through strategic partnerships with other quality organizations.