For every school district, there are basic information management issues, facts and figures which must be collected, collated, documented, and reported, from data on individual students to details of daily administrative functions. That is even more so for a vast operation like the Albuquerque Public School District. "Our needs are the same, only magnified," comments Instructional Cluster Assistant Ken Tuley. "We have many more uses for a quality database." Some of those uses include tracking student discipline reports, documenting visitors to the various schools, cataloguing items stocked in the district warehouse, and bus scheduling, which requires detailed tabulations of class schedules to ensure each educational day meets state requirements, and preparing Educational Plans for Student Success, a school's roadmap to improved instruction.
The district turned to FileMaker Pro nearly a decade ago, and has implemented each successive update of the software to the present. "The need for a cross–platform solution led us to FileMaker Pro," Ken continues. "A tremendous bonus was the ability to web–publish these databases, thus making information available to the more casual users in the district, those who just needed to look up information."