District purchases software to help college-bound students

By: April Lehmbeck | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 8, 2012

GROSSE POINTES — Grosse Pointe School officials want to do all they can to help students on the road to higher education, and they’re investing in some new software to help with that process.

At the Oct. 29 school board meeting, the board voted unanimously to purchase software through Naviance at a cost of approximately $22,000, which will fund three years of its use. While the district currently has the state-required software by another company, they felt it had limitations.

“It’s tracking college applications, processing transcripts and other pertinent information that will be helping us to guide our efforts to supporting students at the high school level as they go forward,” Superintendent Thomas Harwood said.

“The two (high school) counselors researched very thoroughly,” he said. “This particular software, it’s well established with many school districts across the nation as being the state-of-the-art software that’s user-friendly for our parents and our students.”

A couple of the board members spoke highly of the decision to purchase the software.

“I think this is an extremely important decision and expenditure,” Trustee Joan Dindoffer said. “This will provide us data with regard to tracking results of our outcomes … for the vast majority of our students who go on to college.”

She said she believed it was critical data for the district.

Board Secretary Daniel Roeske agreed.

“I’m particularly interested in the college planning tool that is part of this software,” he said. “As a parent who is going through this process right now, that’s an extra feature that I think our students will take great advantage.

“Everything that my son and his peers are going through with paper tracking, it will be at their fingertips,” he said. “This is a much needed application.”