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4 Reasons Your Homegrown Inventory Management System Will Fail

Your homegrown inventory management system isn’t a sustainable solution.

By Emily Frazier

You’ve put a lot of time and effort into your homegrown inventory management system. You built it because your district didn’t find existing software that met your unique needs. However, while the advantages of a custom-designed system can be alluring at first, the risks and costs over time exceed the initial benefits.

Many districts today are recognizing the headaches associated with maintaining their homegrown inventory management system are too great to manage. Instead, they’re opting for a third-party vendor developed and supported application. The result is greater transparency, increased efficiencies, and cost savings.

Here are four reasons to evaluate the value of your homegrown inventory management system:

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6 Tips for Creating an Instructional Material Procedure Manual at Your School District

By Jessica Zaleskipolicy and procedure manual

When it comes to managing instructional materials, it takes a team of people to keep everything running smoothly. As you start to plan for next year, one way to improve instructional material management efficiency is clearly defining and communicating policies and procedures through a manual you distribute to your staff.

We’ve enlisted Cherie Crews, the District Instructional Resources Specialist at Keller ISD for the past 11 years, to give her insight into how districts can develop a policy and procedure manual to reveal important information to district staff. Read on as Cherie shares the top six tips she’s learned while creating and updating Keller ISD’s manual for the past three years. Continue reading “6 Tips for Creating an Instructional Material Procedure Manual at Your School District”

3 Inventory Management Onboarding Best Practices From District Textbook Coordinators

By Jessica Zaleski

Making sure your district inveonboarding inventory managementntory management procedures are followed starts at the beginning of the year. The first few weeks of the school year are the perfect time to help your new inventory management employees understand your district’s culture and your expectations as a textbook coordinator.

To start the year off on the right foot, we recommend you take another look at your onboarding process. A comprehensive onboarding program for employees will ensure your inventory management procedures are understood and correctly carried out by those new to the role this year (or those who need a refresher!). Here are some ideas you might consider including that other textbook coordinators have successfully implemented in their districts: Continue reading “3 Inventory Management Onboarding Best Practices From District Textbook Coordinators”

5 End of School Year Tips for Successful Textbook Inventory Management

By Jessica Zaleskiend year textbook inventory

As the semester winds down, school district instructional materials coordinators begin looking ahead to their end of year processes. With everything that your campuses need to complete this time of year, you may start to feel overwhelmed about getting your coordinators to quickly accomplish these processes. But fear not! We’ve compiled a list of best practices that will help you ensure campus staff know expectations and account for their materials as efficiently as possible.

1. Keep the lines of communication open.

Having an end of year meeting is a good idea to ensure all of your campuses are on the same page and understand the expectations for closing out the school year. Here are some important topics you can communicate and discuss: Continue reading “5 End of School Year Tips for Successful Textbook Inventory Management”