SOURCE: SchoolReach Instant Parent Contact

Parent Notification System

March 03, 2010 15:00 ET

SchoolReach Parent Notification System Available to Kansas Districts Under Expanded Agreement With Southeast Kansas Education Service Center (Greenbush)

Parent Notification System Improves School Communication While Reducing Costs

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - March 3, 2010) -  The SchoolReach parent notification system has announced an expanded partnership with the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center (Greenbush). SchoolReach is one of the fastest-growing school notification services used among K-12 schools in the United States. 

Through the partnership agreement, the SchoolReach parent notification system will be made available to all Kansas schools at an exclusive discount. This agreement stems from SchoolReach being selected as one of three national parent notification contractors by the Association of Education Purchasing Agencies (AEPA), of which Greenbush is an affiliate.

Greenbush assists Kansas school districts in reducing the cost of educational resources through cooperative purchasing and centralized delivery of services. "We are excited to be able to provide the SchoolReach parent notification system to school districts in Kansas. Saving money for schools is of paramount concern right now and pre-bid procurement contracts such as this are a great vehicle with which Greenbush and SchoolReach can provide a valuable service at a cost-effective price," said Brad Stefanoni, director of business development.

The AEPA is a national purchasing consortium encompassing 23 states with ties to local organizations, such as Greenbush, for program delivery. AEPA contracts meet all current Kansas bid law requirements.

With its quick, three-step instant messaging process, SchoolReach allows an administrator to create a brief message, target a list of parents, teachers, district staff, or community members, and distribute the message to the list members within minutes. Voice, email and text messaging modules can be used to respond to a variety of needs. Parents may also respond to messages using touch tone response creating an immediate polling and feedback mechanism for busy school administrators.

Once thought of just for school cancellations and urgent announcements, automated parent notification systems are now an integral part of the school-to-home communications process. "Our customers report huge gains in parent involvement coupled with significant reductions in communications expense," said Paul Langhorst, chief marketing officer for SchoolReach. "Kansas school districts are struggling with tight budgets; SchoolReach can improve communications while saving $10 to $20 per student in paper, printing, postage and labor expense making it a true win-win."

ABOUT SCHOOLREACH

SchoolReach is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based GroupCast, an instant messaging notification service. From weather and schedule changes to absentee notification and from emergency notification to rumor control, SchoolReach simultaneously delivers the personally recorded message to tens, hundreds or thousands of individuals and takes only minutes to reach all of its recipients. More information about SchoolReach or GroupCast can be found at www.schoolreach.com and www.groupcast.com.

ABOUT THE SOUTHEAST KANSAS EDUCATION SERVICE CENTER (GREENBUSH)

Greenbush formed in 1976 and is classified as Interlocal No. 609. It has all the rights and privileges of a school district, except the power to levy taxes. Greenbush offers programs that are otherwise unavailable, unaffordable, or just more effective and efficient through a cooperative effort. By forming consortiums, Greenbush allows districts to pool resources to stretch funding even further. Whether the need is for office supplies, professional training, technical support, a consortium means increased purchasing power and more bang for the buck. Greenbush forms partnerships with agencies, businesses, and universities to further resources and personnel. To learn more about Greenbush and its programs, including cooperative purchasing, visit www.greenbush.org.

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