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April 30, 2008 Spring 2008 Educator   VOLUME 3 ISSUE 2  
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Skyward Welcomes First Florida Districts
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Skyward Welcomes First Florida Districts
Skyward is pleased to welcome our first customers in the state of Florida.  St. Lucie County Public Schools and Okeechobee County Schools of Florida are joining over 1,200 school districts throughout the world using Skyward as their administrative software provider.
 
The opportunity for Skyward to meet with St. Lucie started 18 months ago. The district was looking for a new student management system to replace their existing one. To get a better feel of Skyward’s software, St. Lucie visited current customers at the Birdville School District in Texas for a student site visit, South Washington County in Minnesota for a finance site visit and attended the Skyward Texas User Group conference.  After an extensive RFP (Request for Proposal) and detailed software presentation, St. Lucie School District selected Skyward’s Student and Finance software.
 
Skyward solutions will also be implemented in St. Lucie’s neighboring school district, Okeechobee County Schools.  The two schools have had a successful partnership with administrative software for over 20 years. “Okeechobee and St. Lucie are very excited about implementing Skyward as their student and finance software,” said Kevin McFerrin, Skyward Vice President of New Business.
 
St. Lucie serves grades preK-12 with an enrollment of 40,000 students attending 45 schools. St. Lucie strives to create challenging, engaging and satisfying work for every student, every day.  It is no wonder that they have been selected in the top 100 districts nationwide for the 2008 Broad Prize for Urban Education.
 
A window to Florida’s past, St. Lucie is home to citrus groves and cattle ranches to the west and the Atlantic coast to the east. Devoted to their county’s history, St. Lucie entertains visitors with Historical Museums, murals and beaches. Spruce Bluff, a town within Port St. Lucie, is the site where the first known inhabitants, the Ais tribe, settled. For a taste of old and new, a visit to Fort Pierce’s downtown gives an insight into St. Lucie’s history and culture.
 
Okeechobee County Schools’ number one priority is to increase and improve student achievement as well as stressing the importance of students being prepared both academically and vocationally for post-secondary pursuits. They provide a preK-12 education to over 7,000 students enrolled in the county’s 10 schools. The Okeechobee School District is the number one employer within the county.
 
A Seminole word meaning “Big Water,” Okeechobee is the perfect name for the second largest fresh water lake in the United States. With the lake’s location in the south central part of Florida, it is commonly referred to as the ‘liquid heart’ of Florida. Over 6 million people visit Lake Okeechobee’s 38 recreation areas. There are endless adventure opportunities for boating, water-skiing, hiking on the scenic lakefront trails, and most of all fishing in Okeechobee.  Famed for largemouth bass and Okeechobee Catfish, this freshwater lake is a world-renowned fishing destination. 
 
Both St. Lucie and Okeechobee schools plan to implement Skyward’s administrative software in July of 2009.

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