By Susan M. McMillan, Ph.D., Senior Statistician and Researcher
Our family moved to Eden Prairie, MN during the middle of the 2011—12 school year. On an ice crystal-cold morning in January, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that a school bus would collect my boys at our corner. When we decided which house to purchase we had been under the impression that our family fell into the “walker” category because we lived only a few blocks from an elementary school.
The pleasant feeling faded as the other parents at the bus stop abandoned their “Minnesota nice” roots and described the acrimonious year-long redistricting process that had sent our neighborhood kids to a school about 1 and a half miles away. Read more
By Caroline Fahmy, President and CEO
Since our company’s inception, our Planware division has used geographic information systems (GIS) to view data. Our GIS software applications and services have helped map school district boundaries and model changes in school attendance areas. Using maps to model changes in the district’s geography (e.g., new streets or subdivisions) or student population (e.g., growth or decline in one or more areas of the district) assists school district planners in making decisions about how to utilize their school facilities more efficiently and, ultimately, better meet students’ needs.
We are very excited to announce that we will soon be releasing the Pro Edition of our flagship software product, ONPASS!
Although we have completely rewritten the software from the ground up using ESRI’s newest and most powerful GIS platform, ArcGIS Pro, we have lovingly retained the ONPASS brand.
We’re delighted to share this great article written by one of our LocateMySchool™ clients, Freddy Cornejo, Director of Transportation at Brawley Elementary School District. Mr. Cornejo shares some tips to help improve communication between the school district and local community by using GIS technology and smart maps.
By David Johnston, GIS specialist at Educational Data Systems
In today’s technologically connected world, we are constantly using Google Search to find the answers to our questions. In seconds, we can find the location of the nearest sandwich shop along with its reviews, website, and more. This is an example of geographic information systems (GIS) technology in action. In its simplest form, GIS technology delivers information based on a physical location. Think of it as a “smart map” that not only provides locations but can answer your questions, too.