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Kentwood Public Schools

Case Study

District Background:

Kentwood, MI
K-12 Enrollment
10 elementary schools
3 middle schools
1 9th grade campus
1 high school
Certified staff: 618
Classified staff: 985
Administrators: 39

Solutions Used:

Frontline Professional Growth:
Professional Learning Management
Employee Evaluation Management
Learning & Collaboration Resources
Frontline Recruiting & Hiring:
Applicant Tracking
Frontline Absence & Time:
Absence Management
Frontline Central

Caledonia Community Schools

Known for academic excellence, Kentwood Public Schools partners with parents and the community to educate children in a safe, secure environment. Dedicated to recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining top teachers and staff for the district, Kentwood PS relies on technology to improve efficiency.

Challenge Caledonia Community Schools

The Challenge:

Like most states across the country, Michigan struggles with a teacher shortage. There’s also a high turnover rate for paraprofessionals, interventionists, clerical staff and after-school childcare staff.

The district invests a significant amount of time, resources, and money in new employees every year. To meet their goal of hiring, onboarding, and providing growth opportunities for over 70 new employees every year, the district had to find an efficient solution.

First, they need access to a large pool of applicants. Hiring and onboarding are time consuming, and paperwork circulates slowly through multiple departments. Each new employee would need job-specific training. After that, school administrators are expected to complete multiple evaluations for all new teachers and oversee their professional growth. Since new teachers alone require four observations annually, you can imagine the workload!

Solution Caledonia Community Schools

The Solution:

Because of his extensive background in IT, Kentwood PS hired Eric Schimmelmann to launch and oversee a new technology initiative. The transition from a paper-based system to the new technology was a tremendous undertaking for the district.

“We knew we had to get into an automated system.”

Eric Schimmelmann, Application Support Specialist, Kentwood Public Schools

A dedicated full-time specialist managed teacher absences with a notebook and pen, making phone calls every morning. Her retirement opened the door to switching to Frontline solutions. One of Eric’s first tasks was to begin the process of helping the district transition to Recruiting & Hiring, followed by implementing Absence Management. Professional Growth was already in use, but Eric would soon realize it had far greater potential to support teachers and administrators. Frontline Central helped tie all the systems together.

Results Caledonia Community Schools

The Results:

About Frontline Education

Frontline Education is the leading provider of school administration software, empowering strategic K-12 leaders with the right tools, data and insights to proactively manage human capital, business operations, student information and special education.

Educational organizations representing over 80,000 schools and millions of educators, administrators, and support personnel have partnered with Frontline Education in their efforts to develop the next generation of learners. Frontline is dedicated to driving engagement across K-12 school systems and supporting the continuous improvement of employee effectiveness and efficiency with solutions for proactive recruiting and hiring, absence and time, professional growth, student information systems, special education and Medicaid reimbursement, school health management, payroll, benefits and financial management.

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