MCHENRY, Ill., Sept. 9, 2010 – Follett Software Company’s Destiny Textbook Manager has been newly implemented by another 50 K-12 districts, which raises the number of districts to adopt the market-leading textbook management solution to 950, encompassing nearly 12,000 schools nationally.
"Despite the fact that budgets continue to tighten, we’re seeing a steady increase in the number of districts that are relying on Destiny Textbook Manager," said Don Rokusek, product manager, Follett Software Company. "You could make a case that a strong textbook management solution not only helps a district control costs and reduce expenditures, but has the potential to ultimately save jobs."
For one of the new districts to Destiny Textbook Manager, the decision to adopt was logical despite budget constraints.
"This was about how to protect our district’s third largest asset – our textbook inventory," said Christine Lewis, mathematics and music content specialist for Warren (Mich.) Consolidated Schools. "The perils of K-12 education funding require districts to have in place an effective textbook management solution. It was readily apparent to our board that the financial layout was worth it since we look to quickly recoup our investment that otherwise would have been lost or unnecessarily duplicated."
Destiny Textbook Manager includes all the features a district needs to barcode and track every textbook – by buildings, teachers and students. Lewis said Warren’s barcoding efforts exceeded all expectations.
"We projected to barcode 90,000 textbooks over a period of several days," said Lewis, whose district has 15,600 students in 25 schools. "It turned out to be 149,000 books, but all of our organization and pre-planning paid off as with four teams, each with a Follett leader, we were able to barcode 50 percent more books in less time than we originally anticipated it would take for 90,000."
By early December, Destiny Textbook Manager will also be rolled out to all schools in the 26,000-student Springfield (Mass.) Public Schools district. According to Gladys Franco, supervisor of leadership development, her district recognized the number of benefits a textbook management solution brings.
"Even though budgets are tight, we felt this was an important investment to make that in the end will help us save money and better manage our inventory of textbooks, plus allow us to be more organized and efficient," said Franco, who added that textbooks at Springfield will now be viewed as a "district-wide resource" with the ability to transfer books where needed throughout its 51 schools.
In addition to Warren and Springfield, other new districts to Destiny Textbook Manager over a recent three-month period include San Juan Unified School District (Carmichael, Calif.); Rockford (Ill.) Public Schools; Waukegan (Ill.) Public School District; Elmhurst (Ill.) Community Unit School District 205; East Side Union High School District (San Jose, Calif.); and Virginia College at Birmingham (Ala.).
In addition to the new adoptions, Follett Software also is reporting significant sales of additional licenses to existing Destiny Textbook Manager customers, including Madera (Calif.) Unified School, which has used federal stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to streamline its textbook distribution and inventory processes; Cooperative Educational Services, Trumball, Conn.; Broward County (Fla.) School District; and Jordan School District, West Jordan, Utah.
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