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Report cards to be sent home with students, not mailed

Move will save an estimated $20K; online monitoring soon

Posted: March 25, 2010 3:53 p.m.
Updated: March 25, 2010 4:12 p.m.
 
Students in the Wm. S. Hart Union High School District will be bringing their own reports cards home to parents this week, part of an ongoing district effort to cut expenses during the ongoing state budget crisis.

The move is expected to save an estimated $20,000 in postage over the next two report periods.

Parents are receiving a telephone call over the district's automated information system letting them know that report cards are coming home and letting them know that they need to ask their students for the report if they have not yet seen it.

In the future, the district may be able to save even more by reducing printing costs as some parents will be able to monitor their children's progress online, thanks to a new student information system that will go into effect in August.

That system, which has a parent portal that will allow parents to obtain specific password-protected information about their children's progress, replaces the district's current antiquated system which will offer no support services to users after this year. Staff members at schools and the district office are currently undergoing training in the new system.

The decision to send report cards home with students instead of mailing not only saves postage costs, but also hours of staff time required to prepare the cards for mailing.

The cutback is just one of the ways in which the Hart district is trying to cut back $15 million in ongoing operating expenses necessary to insure that it will be able to pay its bills for the next two years.

The goal is to make cutbacks as far from the classroom as possible and with the least impact on jobs.

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