Red Bud School District approved new student information system

At their Oct. 15 meeting, the Red Bud Board of Education approved of moving forward with a new student information system.

Superintendent Jonathan Tallman noted that the school district began using the TeacherEase system a few years ago, and while it works, it has also been “tedious.”

He added that when they hired Adam Guebert as the high school counselor, they asked him to gather data on options as he has worked with multiple student information systems.

These systems encompass a lot of the district’s information including grades, information on students that was provided at registration, cafeteria fee balances, schedules and more. Tallman pointed out that to switch to another system, there would be an up front cost to transfer all of this data.

Guebert told the board that he put together a committee of teacher and administrative staff to get opinions on possible new systems, as well as look at potential “hurdles and pitfalls.”

There are quite a few student information system options available, but most would essentially be the same as what the district has. Guebert did suggest considering upgrading to one of two options, though: Skyward or PowerSchool. He added that both are “very robust” and are used across the country. He is also well versed and familiar with both, having used them at other schools.

For more from the Red Bud Board of Education meeting, please see this week’s print edition.