With over 2000 students, 175 teachers, and 100 support staffers spread over four schools, the district might seem small compared to its big–city counterparts. But that doesn't mean the challenge of managing the day to day flow of student information is any less difficult — in fact, it might even be more so, given the demands on staff time and the limited budgets facing a smaller district.
That's where Grandview High School band teacher Roger Whaley thought he could help out. He's a long–time FileMaker Pro enthusiast, using the software for his own projects, and came up with a creative way to use the application to keep his own student information organized, building a solution that stored actual MP3 clips of student performances along with more conventional instructional data. And then the administration realized there might be an even wider use for Roger's idea. "We were swimming in data," he recalls. "We had state tests and local tests, and No Child Left Behind makes these tests very important. I didn't want teachers spending any more time than necessary to understand those scores, so when the principals asked me to help, I said yes. They needed the ability to make a clear and concise report about each student as an individual — try doing that in a spreadsheet!"