GuideK12 and Templeton Demographics announce strategic data alliance

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Friday, October 4, 2013

GuideK12™, the leading provider of geovisual analytics for the education marketplace is pleased to announce a strategic relationship with Texas based Templeton Demographics, whose specialties lie in demographic studies, attendance zone planning and enrollment forecasting. This relationship combines expertise from each company to offer school districts across the country new tools for anticipating the evolving needs of their districts, such as adding or reducing buildings, planning for new developments, boundary changes, resource optimization and enrollment projections.

The partners of Templeton Demographics, Bob Templeton and Rocky Gardiner have focused on supporting districts in their home state, resulting in a deep understanding of the unique needs of Texas educators. President, Bob Templeton’s insight has been built through his years as a consultant to TX districts, in addition to first-hand knowledge gained as a school district demographic planner, giving him a unique understanding of the needs and challenges of his clients. Prior to consulting, Gardiner was the Manager of Research at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) where he was responsible for population, housing and employment projections for over 150 cities in the region during some of the fastest growing years in DFW history.

“This announcement represents a powerful combination of GuideK12’s innovative geovisual software with Templeton’s years of demographic and consulting experience and will provide districts a more effective and efficient way to make decisions,” said Templeton. He continues, “We are excited to provide additional capabilities to our partner districts to satisfy their ever growing need for smart and continuous improvement, planning tools and support.”

GuideK12™ is an easy to use, web-based Geovisual Analytic tool that helps school districts solve critical educational challenges by visualizing data to drive decisions. Having the ability to link student and household information, a district can save time and money while increasing transparency for everything from boundary planning, to program resource allocation to student performance analysis. By having an interactive map that allows administrators to run “what if” scenarios, decisions are more transparent and accurate.

“We are thrilled with this new relationship as it allows us to provide districts with a more comprehensive package than ever before. Administrators now have forecasting insight along with GuideK12’s platform to geo-visually analyze data providing administrators answers that were previously hidden in spreadsheets or in disparate data sets.” Comments GuideK12 CEO Chuck Amos. He continues, “Many districts in Texas are adding hundreds of students a year, having the right information in the right hands is imperative for excellent decisions.” Amos adds, “The beauty of GuideK12 is its ease of use, our users range from front office personnel to superintendents and CTOs. Users don’t need a specialized degree or days of training to access the right information. I feel that together, Templeton Demographics and GuideK12, will improve how school districts make data-driven decisions in a much timelier fashion.”

About GuideK12:

Based in Eagan, MN, GuideK12LLC is a geovisual analytics software company, which enables education decision makers to instantly explore and analyze school district data by adding a geographic and visual dimension to their student and community information. By visualizing information spatially, decisions on everything from boundary analysis, to policy changes to resource planning and forecasting enrollments can be more insightful and faster. Named a finalist for a 2013 SIIA CODiE award for best enterprise solution and selected by the NSBA as a technology showcase company, GuideK12 serves large metro, suburban and rural school districts throughout the United Sates. It is owned by private investors and a private investment group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About Templeton Demographics:

Templeton Demographics is a consulting firm specializing in demographic studies, attendance zone planning and enrollment forecasting that helps school districts establish enrollment projections, make recommendations for new schools, establish attendance boundary changes, and accommodate growth at existing schools. The principal consultants of Templeton Demographics have more than 40 years experience helping districts and municipalities with demographics and facility planning. Templeton Demographics mission is to provide outstanding data, unmatched service and innovative Geographic Information Systems (GIS) that ensure accurate planning and forecasting decisions.