FADSS Quarterly Business Partner Enewsletter
Timely Articles & Information from FADSS Annual Business Partners*
December 2021
Message from FADSS CEO

The FADSS 2021-2022 Business Partner Quarterly Enewsletter is dedicated solely to FADSS 2021-2022 Annual Business Partners to share timely and relevant information related to the services and products they provide to Florida school districts.

While some companies may claim to be FADSS annual partners, if they are not on the FADSS 2021-2022 Annual Business Partner directory — they are NOT a FADSS annual partner. I mention this because we have been made aware that some companies are claiming to be FADSS annual partners in order to schedule meetings with Florida superintendents. And while it is solely up to your discretion as to which companies you choose to meet with - it is very disconcerting to FADSS when a company is untruthful and misrepresents themself.

The companies that comprise FADSS 2021-2022 Annual Partnership Program, have been vetted to ensure they provide quality products and services to Florida school districts.

FADSS is proud to partner with these companies and I want to thank all of FADSS annual business partners — Platinum, Gold and Silver — for their support of FADSS, Florida superintendents, and public education as a whole.

Like school districts, these companies also had to pivot and adjust in terms of operations during the challenging past two years. They had to make sacrifices and difficult financial decisions, YET they did not waiver in their support of FADSS and Florida superintendents. For that we are very grateful.

Please take a minute to read these informative articles to learn more about the quality products and services FADSS annual partners provide to school districts, and reach out to them if you would like more information.
                       — Bill Montford
Enjoy these informative articles from FADSS 2021-2022 Annual Business Partners
Dawn Spooner, transportation specialist at Washington County School District.
Dawn Spooner, transportation specialist at Washington County School District in Florida, has seen her district transformed over the years by Transfinder technology – from routing and beyond – to help the overall operation become more efficient.

Technology has played a key role in helping the district become more efficient and even deal with the ongoing driver shortage. Spooner said the district has consolidated routes to deal with the shortage. “It would have been very difficult to do without Routefinder,” she said.

Filling a teacher’s position has always been part of the K-12 education process. Whether it is long-term, short-term, or permanent, change constantly has been in the “things to factor” playbook for school administrators. Teachers get sick. They want time off. They opt to take different career paths. But now, in a world where pre-pandemic issues almost seem insignificant, the amount of teaching candidates available can be so small that those same administrators sometimes find themselves in front of students, giving a lesson plan. If they’ve had the chance to prepare one.

More Positions to Fill
Across the country, school districts are struggling to fill teacher positions. Since August 2019, according to the Florida Education Association (FEA), K-12 teacher vacancies have increased by more than 67 percent. That fact highlights how critical substitute teachers are now to the staffing equation for districts – not only on a day-to-day basis, but continuously, over the long haul. With fewer full-time teachers in Florida – on the first day of this school year, according to the FEA, there were close to 5,000 teacher vacancies in the state – there is a greater need for substitutes.

The problem is not exclusive to Florida, and some states have taken extreme
measures to address it. In Idaho, Gov. Brad Little has pledged $10 million to
combat substitute teacher shortages. Some school districts in Utah have offered a $500 incentive to individuals just to try substitute teaching. One in Oregon offered as much as $3,300 in incentives to court substitutes.

Indeed, there is an alarming need for substitute teachers. But recruiting them
is only part of the blueprint. Retaining them is just as crucial, to ensure stability in the classroom – for the districts, their schools, and their students – and to reduce the investment of time and resources necessary to recruit more substitutes due to substitute turnover.

Ways to Address the Issue
An increase in pay is the most obvious choice to retain substitutes, and some
counties in Florida have taken that route. However, district budgets may not be equipped to handle such a fiscal change. Fortunately, there are other options.

Florida school districts are facing massive staff shortages, leaving superintendents and CIOs scrambling to recruit and hire talented personnel to manage their critical broadband networks.

ENA’s managed internal broadband service (MIBS)* ensures your infrastructure is managed and supported 24x7x365 by ENA’s experienced and knowledgeable engineers.

CLICK HERE to read more about the Myths and Realities of outsourcing and how FADSS Platinum Partner Sodexo provides peace of mind when it comes to making the decision to outsource. From nutrition and food service programs to buildings and grounds, we are prepared to align our work with your district’s goals and needs.
Audio Enhancement has been equalizing the playing field for students and educators for 40 years, and
we’ve continued to develop systems specifically for pandemic-era education. Through audio equity, an
educator’s voice can reach everyone in the learning space with the same intensity and clarity of sound,
which results in increased student engagement and achievement.

Read how Osceola County Schools Superintendent Dr. Debra Pace and Collier County Schools Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton are leveraging the services of Audio Enhancement to ensure Audio equity throughout their districts.

Thank you to all the FADSS
2021- 2022 Annual Business Partners
*All articles and content are provided by the companies.
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