Portland Public Schools combats budget cuts with innovative online solutions.
Portland Public Schools has many goals to achieve success for children. One of those goals is define and implement a comprehensive district-wide communication plan. One of the tenets of this plan is to refine and implement district-wide communication plan including stakeholder involvement in the development of protocols and practices.
When faced with a reduction of secretarial staff over the summer, Holly Russo, Registrar at Portland had to come up with a plan. Holly partnered with Registration Gateway from SRC Solutions to refine and implement a new student registration process throughout the district, including information intake from parents, data integration into the Aspen Student Information System, and instant information access to district stakeholders.
“Shifts in staffing are a never ending battle for many of our school district partners and Portland is no different. School districts across the country are achieving tremendous return on investment and positive parent/district communication with Registration Gateway,” said Patrick Maher CEO SRC Solutions.
“Portland Public Schools has become more efficient in many ways. First, data entry for students will be consistent across the board. Registration Gateway allows me to complete a new student registration in half the time. The returning student site will eliminate the tedious steps that each school does now sifting through emergency cards reviewing data that needs to be updated. This process will be smoother and create an accurate student information system.” said Russo.
Parent acceptance to a new process is key to success. Without parent adoption and support, the project may have a rocky start. Holly is happy to report that parents have been great about using Registration Gateway, as parents have experienced no issues.
“For new students, Registration Gateway is mandatory for enrollment. Parents have found the process easier than hand-written registration. We have completely eliminated the need for parents to fill out paper forms as well as ensuring parents entering the schools reside in the district through Registration Gateway’s Address Look-Up feature,” said Russo.
About SRC Solutions, Inc. | registrationgateway.com
SRC Solutions’ flagship product Registration Gateway has had a long and successful partnership with K12 school districts. Being a technology leader is nothing new to SRC Solutions. Going all the way back to 2008, Registration Gateway was one of the first Online Enrollment solutions to offer real-time data integration to Student Information Systems and integrated document scanning and management.