- Compliance to State and Federal privacy and public records regulations
- Large volume of paper records
- Improvement of quality of service to students and families
- $2 million budget shortfall in 2006
Mishawaka, Indiana, with a population of 46,500, is a medium-sized metropolitan area near South Bend, Indiana. Like many similar U.S. school districts, Mishawaka finds itself under continual budget pressures, much of it caused by diminishing State and Federal funding levels. At the same time, it is coping with the need to maintain and improve services to students and families in the Mishawaka district, including compliance with public records requirements imposed by those same State and Federal bodies. With nine schools, 1000 employees, and 5100 students, Mishawaka faced the reality in spring of 2006 of a $2 million dollar budget shortfall, which has squeezed the staffing levels within the school system.
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