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Board OKs software to meet ACA requirements
Excerpt reposted from TheTandD.com
The new requirements under the Affordable Care Act have strongly influenced the rapid adoption of both Aesop and VeriTime this year. By the start of 2015, most districts will be required to report on hours worked by part-time employees, and the government strongly recommends districts use the current year to implement and test reporting systems.
To increase efficiency and accountability among staff requesting substitutes to fill their place during sick days, the Pine River-Backus School Board on Monday, May 20, agreed to begin using Aesop, an electronic system for managing placement of substitute teachers.
Elementary Principal Jackie Bruns said clerical staff in the elementary school sometimes face high stress and extremely late or early hours to find substitutes to fill in for absent teachers. Staff managing substitute placement have reported they can spend up to 14 hours in three days seeking substitutes to fill vacancies.
New regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) require employers, including school districts, to provide coverage to employees working an average of 30 or more hours a week or 130 or more hours a month.
With more than 1,000 nominations this year, a new record, the winners were selected by the editors of District Administration and were based upon both the quantity of nominations and the quality of reader descriptions.
Virginia Beach City Public School District, the 33rd largest school district in the country, switched to Aesop this year, as well as Austin Independent School District, the 35th largest district - both from CRS Subfinder.
Districts to choose automation with Aesop within the last year include Juneau Borough School District in Alaska, Sumner County Schools in Tennessee and Milwaukee Public Schools in Wisconsin.
To continue to make Aesop simple and easy-to-use, Frontline Technologies has begun a long-term initiative to rebuild the Aesop platform, beginning with the substitute teacher portal. The new look is specially designed with substitutes' needs in mind, making it as simple as possible for them to find available jobs, view their schedules, create non-work days, and perform other important tasks.
In July, Portland Public Schools, the largest school district in Oregon, switched to Aesop from the SmartFindExpress® sub-calling system from eSchool Solutions®. The upgrade from eSchool's SEMS product to SmartFindExpress resulted in technical issues for Portland, leading the district to search for a more efficient solution. Portland will now benefit from Aesop's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, with no hardware, software or phone lines to install or maintain at the district.
Aesop Administrators, Organization (central office) Users, and Campus Users (school principals and secretaries) can access key functions of Aesop from the convenience of any device that can access the internet, including smartphones, iPads and more.