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Spring Grove Area School District

District Background:

Spring Grove, PA
K-12 Enrollment
3 elementary schools (K-4)
1 intermediate school (5-6)
1 middle school (7-8)
1 high school (9-12)


Teaching Staff: 276
Support Staff: 190
Leadership Staff: 23
Caucasian/White: 83.9%
Hispanic: 6.9%
African-American/Black: 4.4%
Multi-racial: 3.7%
Asian: 0.95%

Frontline Solutions Used:

Recruiting & Hiring
Absence & Time
Professional Growth

Ysleta Independent School District

Tucked in the rolling farmland of south central Pennsylvania, Spring Grove Area School District is becoming a “destination district” where teachers want to work and children want to learn. In partnership with families, businesses, and community organizations, they strive to provide a safe and engaging learning environment. Yet achieving that requires hiring and retaining staff who will challenge and motivate students. To do this, the district’s key strategy is simple: serve their employees well.


The Challenge:

When AnJie Doll arrived at the Spring Grove Area School District in 2016, she found the HR department managing employee records on spreadsheets. With no electronic tracking system, monitoring and reporting were subject to error and not always reliable. The experience for employees had some challenges — and stood in the way of Spring Grove’s efforts to become a destination district.

Assessing the current situation, AnJie focused on collaborating with stakeholders, administrators, and colleagues to understand how to meet their needs. Then she created a list of new initiatives to achieve the district’s goals:

  • Automate the interviewing process and make it easier
  • Track candidates and evaluate results of interviews
  • Improve the candidate experience
  • Accurately record and store new hire information electronically
  • Track employee position history from year to year
Solution Caledonia Community Schools

The Solution:

AnJie and her team began hunting for an HR management system that could help them easily see where staff members were from year to year and what positions they held. There were several must-haves for any system:

  • Data entry and reporting had to be easy, accurate, and available on-demand.
  • The system needed to manage the employee lifecycle from interview to hiring and onboarding, all the way through retention.
  • The system had to be easy to navigate for all users.

AnJie found the solution in Frontline HRMS. From the very start, every pain point was addressed. Frontline HRMS stores interview notes in the applicant tracking system. Quality applicants are easily identified and sent through the pipeline to the next round of interviews. As soon as the top candidate is selected and hired, onboarding kicks off in Frontline Central. New employees immediately have access to tools and resources that will make their jobs easier.

The day a new employee begins at the district, no matter the position, they hit the ground running. Using a Frontline ID, a single login lets employees select benefits, track leave time, request time off, or update their profiles with address changes. The HR team is always available to answer any questions and ensure the new employee’s experience is welcoming and empowering.


The Results:

In today’s world, it’s a challenge to recruit and hire enough qualified teachers and administrators. With fewer applicants for hard-to-fill positions, districts often need to get creative. Having the tools to be proactive allows them to reach out to candidates with specific certifications and educational backgrounds while at the same time seeking to increase diversity. In the past, Spring Grove would have waited for those candidates to find them. They’re not waiting around anymore.


About Frontline Education

Frontline Education is a leading provider of school administration software, connecting solutions for student and special programs, business operations and human capital management with powerful analytics to empower educators. Frontline partners with school systems to deliver tools, data and insights that support greater efficiency and productivity, enabling school leaders to spend more time and resources executing strategies that drive educator effectiveness, student success and district excellence. Over 10,000 clients representing millions of educators, administrators and support personnel have partnered with Frontline Education in their efforts to develop the next generation of learners.

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