Tennessee’s Sullivan County Experiences the Benefits of a Centralized Database

Case Study: Sullivan County Department of Education

“The system and the support that comes with it has exceeded our expectations. Having real-time information at my fingertips allows me to complete tasks in minutes, not days. We look forward to our future with Meals Plus and adding additional modules.” – Lisa Holt, Food Services Director, Sullivan County Schools.

Overview
Sullivan County Schools Food ServicesSullivan County DOE serves over 11,500 students and consists of 25 schools divided into four zones. Sullivan County is the sixth largest county in Tennessee. Each day, Sullivan County School Food Services 150 employees serve 10,000 meals.

District Obstacles
Sullivan County Schools Food Services had various issues that were wasting their school system both time and money. Their 24 databases required backing up daily, technical issues were not handled in a timely manner by their software support technicians, and student account updates took as long as 5 days to process. Importing student information from their SIS program was so difficult that they did not do it often and when they did, central office staff had to input new student information by hand. Running their day-to-day operations was taking longer than necessary, causing a strain on employees and resources.

Finding the Answer
Sullivan County Schools needed a cafeteria management system with a centralized database and real-time data updates. Technical issues needed to be handled by not only efficient tech support staff but knowledgeable ones as well. A system that was not only easy to use but provided detailed and thorough information was a must and the Meals Plus school lunchroom software system met all of their criteria.

Results
With an initial implementation and continued customer service that is “above and beyond their expectations”, Sullivan County has a more efficient system, a sharp reduction in technical problems and an increase in productivity. Real-time information and thorough data is available at their fingertips and a seamless transition within the system modules further streamlines their efforts. Importing student information from their SIS program is a breeze and the Direct Certification process has been greatly simplified. They look forward to their future with Meals Plus and adding additional cafeteria software system components to their schools.

Charleston County School District Reduces Tech Issues in the Cafeteria by 95%

Case Study: Charleston County School District

“Very simply, it works. Tech issues at the cafeteria level have dropped by 95%. The system is comprehensive, easy to use, requires very little maintenance and puts minimal demand on the district technology staff. Meals Plus has truly designed a system that works for our cafeteria staff. And as good as the school cafeteria software is, their support is even better!”
-Walter Campbell
Food Services Director

Overview
Charleston County School District is South Carolina’s second largest school district. CCSD has an enrollment of more than 42,000 students in 86 schools spread over an area of nearly 1,000 square miles. Each day CCSD Food Services’ 400 employees serve 30,000 meals to an economically diverse student population.

District Obstacles
CCSD Food Services staff was spending an inordinate amount of time trouble shooting its software system. System processes were complicated and cumbersome. Data was unreliable and difficult to access leaving management without  information critical to sound decision making. For new staff the system was hard to learn and support from the existing vendor was slow.

Finding the Answer
Charleston County needed a system that would increase uptime, ensure data accuracy, be easy to learn and use and wouldn’t require a high level of technical expertise and attention to maintain. CCSD wanted cafeteria technology that was more reliable and compatible with other district business software systems. After evaluating systems from several major national K12 cafeteria technology vendors, CCSD selected Meals Plus’ enterprise management package.

Results
After a limited roll-out , supervisors were impressed and eagerly adopted an aggressive “train the trainer” approach for deployment district wide. In fewer than 60 days all 86 sites were smoothly transitioned from the old system to the Meals Plus school cafeteria POS system. Since then, software related technical issues at the cafeterias have been reduced by more than 95%. Reports at the district office match reports at the schools and can be generated in minutes rather than hours. Information can be shared easily with other departments in a timely fashion and whenever help is needed it’s available. Most importantly, CCSD’s cafeteria software system is now an asset to the department.

Follow Meals Plus on the Road

Having trouble with your school cafeteria software? Let Sid Solve It!

Meals Plus Vice President Jeff Flynn and Sidney Busch at the 2011 Annual National Conference.

We are excited to announce that our Senior Account Manager, Sidney Busch, has launched her own blog in order to bring you on the road with her! Sidney works hands-on with school district staff in food service, IT and the business office to learn what they need from their cafeteria management software. Because most of her time is spent in school districts and at School Nutrition Association Conferences, she hears your everyday woes and shows you how Meals Plus is prepared to help. She has been with Meals Plus for nearly ten years and has seen both the school nutrition industry and our company grow.   We encourage you to visit her blog and see how Sidney and the entire Meals Plus Team can easily ensure you are running both an efficient and productive lunchroom.

Latest Meals Plus Cafeteria Software Updates Released

Meals Plus Version 75 is officially here and we invite you to see first-hand the latest updates and software enhancements that ensure you “smooth your way to a trouble-free lunchroom”! Click here to register for our free webinar this Thursday, September 15th, 2011 from 2:30-3:30 EDT to see the newest features of our cafeteria management system. Products that will be covered include the following:

Are you interested in switching to Meals Plus? Click here to download a free demo of our K-12 cafeteria management software and for assistance or to learn more about how Meals Plus is “keeping the lunchline moving”, contact us online or call us directly at 1-800-541-8999!

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