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Skyward Districts Receive Top Rankings in 10th Annual Digital School National Survey

Customers Recognized for Their Exemplary Use of Innovative Technologies District-Wide and in the Classroom

STEVENS POINT, WI--(Marketwired - May 08, 2014) - Two school districts that utilize Skyward, an industry leading K-12 school administrative software provider, received top rankings in the 10th annual Digital School Districts Survey by the Center for Digital Education (CDE) and the National School Boards Association (NSBA). Center Grove Community School Corporation in Indiana and Oconomowoc Area School District in Wisconsin both collected top honors in the Mid-sized Student Population District Category.

The national survey showcases exemplary school boards' and districts' use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and the community, and improve district operations. This year's recognition goes to school districts for their expanding use of innovative technologies district-wide as well as in the classroom.

Center Grove Community School Corporation is in its seventh year of using the School Management System from Skyward. The district's vision for information technology is based upon the premise that technology impacts every operation across the district. Entirely web-based, Skyward supports the district's vision by facilitating implementation of a 1:1 program, creating a paperless environment, improving communication with parents and increasing efficiency in operations.

"This honor is a tribute to the hard work of our district staff and the vision we share with our school board," said Julie Bohnenkamp, director of technology at Center Grove Community School Corporation. "Our mission is to create an atmosphere conducive to all learners that utilizes technology to improve process as well as the educational experience for all students. With the support of Skyward, every staff member and student utilizes technology in our district to improve communication, collaboration, instruction and daily operations."

Selected for this honor four years in a row, Oconomowoc Area School District is in its 20th year of using the School Management System from Skyward. The district is implementing a three-year information and technology plan that leverages IT resources for educational and operational effectiveness. Under the plan, the district installed a fiber-optic wide area network, installed wireless school networks, upgraded Internet access, and initiated several mobile learning projects.

"Being selected to receive this top honor year after year is a testament to our vision as a school district," said Mike Rauworth, information systems analyst at Oconomowoc Area School District. "Our goal is to leverage the district's information and technology resources to raise student achievement, strengthen relationships with stakeholders, and improve operational efficiency. As our educators and staff have a hand in this award, so does our student information system from Skyward, which allows us to effectively communicate and share school-related information with our parent community."

The top ten rankings are awarded to those school boards/districts that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions. All U.S. public school districts are eligible to participate in the survey within the three classifications based on size of enrollment. View the full list of school districts honored here.

"Schools and school districts are embracing technology and it is really exciting not only to see the innovative ways they implement technology, but how they are using technology effectively to teach and advance education," said Alan Cox, senior vice president for the CDE. "These education leaders serve as an inspiration to other school districts nationwide for their creative efforts to provide an outstanding education for today's students."

For more information on Skyward administrative software and IT consulting services for K-12 districts, visit www.skyward.com

About Skyward

Skyward is a leading provider of K-12 school administrative software that surpasses districts' needs in state reporting, improves operational capabilities, and opens communication between schools and families. Today, the Skyward School Management SystemTM is used in more than 1,700 school districts worldwide, ranging from districts with as few as 50 students to statewide implementations supporting more than 800,000 students. Founded in 1980, Skyward serves school districts with its integrated student, finance, and human resources suite of products and is proudly made and supported in the United States. To learn more, visit www.skyward.com.

About The Center for Digital Education

The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. CDE is a division of e.Republic, the nation's only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

About the National School Boards Association

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Learn more at: www.nsba.org.

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