Thank you to all of our clients who stopped by our booth at CASBO to say hello. It was great to see everyone and look forward to next years event.

 

Information on ACA Reporting Compliance was recently sent out to district administration, detailing the process and price for the 2016 tax year. To use the service, through our reporting compliance relationship with American Fidelity, you need to have a full year of data in the DS system. If you are a new client and do not have this data, please contact Chris. If you would like to sign up for the service or need more information, please feel free to contact Bridget Rhoades (brhoades@digital-schools.com) or Chris Beyne (chris.beyne@digital-schools.com).

 

NEWS

In the past two years the educational market landscape has been changing with acquisitions and expansions. Digital Schools was not immune to this change; we received several calls from interested firms. One such inquiry was from Alpine Investors.

As you may be aware, Escape Technology partnered with Alpine Investors in July 2017. We liked what we heard about this partnership and we equally liked Alpine Investors and their market philosophy.

 

Their goals with Escape were and are in keeping with the goals of Digital Schools: developing the most comprehensive school business software available, offering the best customer support in the industry and an increasing leadership position in the education technology market.

 

We are happy to announce that we have taken a great step forward toward achieving these goals: Digital Schools and Escape Technology will be partnering via the Alpine Investors acquisition of Digital Schools. We join a growing number of companies under Educational Software Holdings which is headed by CEO Ali Jenab.

 

For many years Digital Schools and Escape Technology have frequently competed for customers. Rather than continue this competition, we saw the immense value in collaborating through partnership as the best way to strategically address the ongoing needs of our combined customer base by bringing the best in school business software. What we believe is best for our customers is for both companies to continue operating independently. This gives us needed time to learn more about respective company cultures, products, personnel and operations. There should never be urgency in determining the best way to combine the products and organizations. Rather, there should be careful consideration and planning. That is our approach.

 

By working together, we are positioned to share best practices and combine our respective skills and school business knowledge. This powerful combination will greatly benefit our customer bases by enabling us to enhance existing products, processes and services. As a team, we are committed to continuing to deliver the best products and services in the industry.

Both companies will continue to operate independently and retain their company names, branding and products.