Schools Get Down to Business of Students


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Three districts select SAP software to improve business processes, sharpen focus on student achievement


"Though we are in the early stage of implementation, we are hopeful that SAP will empower our school administrators to do more with fewer resources so that they can dedicate more time to their mission of education," said Minneapolis spokesperson Dan Hambrock, executive director of operations. "As the cost of educating students increases and the gap in funding widens, we are looking to the increased decision support that SAP provides to help us ensure every dollar is being spent effectively and efficiently to support the education of our children."

Investing in Student Achievement

Since 2000, the School Board of Broward County (SBBC) has been using SAP software to provide employees with streamlined access to information on travel and leave, benefits and compensation. To meet new demands of the 1.7 million citizens in Broward County, SBBC will expand its SAP footprint with new solutions that address the personnel, facilities and funding needs impacted by the state of Florida's Class Size Reduction amendment.

Specifically, SBBC will increase efficiency in operating the second-largest fleet system in Florida, transporting more than 80,000 students on more than 1,200 bus routes. School personnel will be able to reduce maverick spending and renegotiate contracts through bidding with the software's supplier-management capabilities, providing teachers with more time to focus on student achievement. The new technology integration project will enable better tracking of time and expenses against construction project budgets, help eliminate manual tasks and duplicate data entries and provide a complete view of maintenance activities, including rigorous tracking of work orders.

"Because of the integrated nature of mySAP Business Suite, all data can reside in one place, eliminating interfaces between labor, finance, purchasing and operational systems," said Vijay Sonty, chief information officer for the district. "With real-time access to information and accurate management reporting and decision making, we are enhancing the district's capacity to meet the educational goals of all students. And just as importantly, SAP solutions provide an internal growth platform that is flexible, scalable, and responsive to meet the needs of different levels of the organization pyramid."

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