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Volume 2 | Issue 3 | Spring 2017
Image of Lynn Heatherly, iTCCS Programming Services Director
Message from Lynn Heatherly

iTCCS Programming Services Director

Happy spring from iTCCS! We hope you had a very restful spring break and are ready for a strong finish to this school year. Spring is one of my personal favorite times of the year. I love gardening, hiking, running – basically anything outdoors! So I embrace this season with great enthusiasm.

We know it’s a busy time for you, our clients, as well. Here are a few things that will put a spring in your step. Our enrollment module in txConnect will make your Kindergarten Round-Ups and other student registration activities flow smoothly. Position Management forecasting functionality will help you make smart staffing and budgetary decisions. Graduation Plan will help counselors keep students on track with their endorsements, performance acknowledgements and other Foundation High School Program requirements. And of course, you’ll be loading student standardized test scores as they come in over the next few months with the help of the iTCCS Test Scores application. So much to do, but not to worry. You can count on us.

Speaking of making things easy, you must have heard about CareerPortal by now. This robust application will allow you to handle job postings, applications, and hiring in one place. The online solution makes this applicant tracker a one-stop-shop.

How about our Student Snapshot Custom Report? This new feature puts the power of student reporting at your fingertips. You can design your own collection of student data, based on the Student Snapshot screens you have access to, with sorting and filtering to extract exactly the data items you need. You can even share the report you designed so others can use it. And re-running your saved reports with refreshed data is a cinch. It just couldn’t be any easier.

We know you’re going to love all the new features and continued improvements of iTCCS. We’re always working hard behind the scenes to make sure you have a powerful, secure Business and Student solution. And let us know if you have any questions or comments. We love to hear from you. Now get out there and take a deep breath of that spring air. Summer is just around the corner.


See What People Are Saying about iTCCS

"I love iTCCS! The Student application is robust, easy to use, easy to navigate and allows for a certain amount of customization that makes our day to day jobs easier when it comes to working with student data. We are excited about the ongoing improvements that are constantly being added such as the new customized reports and we look forward to the addition the snapshot customized reports. One of the most important things I have to say about iTCCS is how much we appreciate the consulting team we work with. There is no area where they aren’t willing to help. The team always provides support above and beyond and when it comes to helping keep up with State mandates you can’t put a dollar amount on the value of the service they provide."

-Sally Andruzzi, Director, PEIMS & Student Information Systems, Emma Frey Service Center

iTCCS Insight: The Latest in Texas School Software


System

iTCCS is always upgrading so that you’re on the cutting edge even when you don’t know it. But that’s the way it should be. You keep on truckin’ because we keep our systems up-to-date. Our Systems folks, in a TCC collaborative effort, work hard to make sure that you don't notice them. All to make your life easier. It’s the iTCCS way.

Student

Custom Reports comes to Student Snapshot. Now you can choose the data you want in your reports right from Student Snapshot. Get just what you need with iTCCS.

Coming Soon

You probably know about this one. It was a doozie. Attendance Calendar Minutes. In short, Minimum Daily Minutes and Shortened Minimum Daily Minutes fields were added to for TEA-defined minutes of instruction per day. Daily Minutes and Shortened Daily Minutes were added for LEA-defined minutes, which can be more but not less than the TEA-defined minutes. Plus four new Day Type Selections were added to the campus calendar. Those changes are just around the corner.

 

txSuite

With the always changing world we live in, it's nice to know that some things change for the better. Online Student Enrollment is one of those things. When you're enrolling a new student, you'll only have to enter your home address once. The information will now be available for you to use whenever you need to enter it again. txSuite: Change for the better.

Coming Soon

Online Registration will be a step-driven process for both administrators and end-users. This means that the process for both setting up Online Registration as an administrator and completing it as a parent/guardian will be more intuitive and faster. From a clear starting point -- click the Start Registration button to get going -- to easy navigation -- Back and Next buttons -- to a defined finish, the newly rewritten Online Registration is a breeze to use.

Contact

We're here for you. Contact information is just a click away. Let us know what you think or ask questions.

Business

Did you know that you can complete a mass increment of leave balances? That means, if your organization wants to front-load your leave, you can do it all for everyone in one go. Or you can give leave to employees based on their hire anniversary month and day. Want to give leave for new employees on an incremental basis? No problem.

We let you know a few months ago about a great new feature coming to iTCCS: a dashboard of pending approvals. Now it’s here. If you have BCR, Requisitions or Travel Reimbursement approvals waiting for your input, they’ll appear right on the home screen. See what you need to do right away. And, get this, there’s even more to come.

Having to send out checks anymore can be kind of a drag. It’s still necessary. Just a little less so. Liability checks for child support payments have been direct deposit for a little while. Now you can say goodbye to a few more things, too. Other voluntary deductions like annuities, dental and health insurance, life insurance and income replacement are some of the deductions that can be directly deposited. That’s a load off, huh?

Don't forget that you have until the 30th of March to get your Affordable Care Act Information Returns (AIR) in to the IRS.

iTCCS offers premiere administrative software for Texas schools. You know that already. But did you know that it offers value added tools like JasperReports, a Java-based data analysis and reporting engine? This versatile addition to iTCCS lets you create ad hoc reports and dashboards, export data in many different formats (PDF, .csv, .rtf and HTML to name just a few). Schedule reports to run on particular days each week or month and have them sent to you when they're done. The whole world of data from your district is at your fingertips.

Coming Soon

You know and love it: the Dashboard of Approvals. Soon there will also be leave requests and grants available on it. Way to take an idea and run with it, right?

Hourly Employee Timesheets will be available in Employee Access. What does that mean, exactly? It means that hourly employees can input their work hours directly into Employee Access. Once approved, exceptions to the work hours, overtime and absence deductions will be transferred directly to the Payroll application in iTCCS. The more we do means the less you have to.

TSDS & OCR

OCR data collection opened at the beginning of February and remains open for 75 days, through March. iTCCS makes it as easy as we can for you to get all this required information in on time.

We're making mandated changes to Summer PEIMS. The two big ones deal with the new calendar minutes and accountability measures (districts will now pick three of the seven that they will be rated on primarily). We're ready for all of it so you can be too. Don't forget: the deadline for Summer PEIMS is June 22nd. It's going to be a great summer!

We've got two districts on the TSDS Dashboard. All that information about your students, teachers and more right at your finger tips. You can always let us know if you're interested.

News

We had successful conferences in Austin this spring. Thanks to everyone who helped staff the booth and who stopped by to say hi during the TASA Midwinter Conference, TCEA Exposition & Convention, and TASBO 71st Annual Conference. We couldn't do it without you!

Bring in the Best

CareerPortal, Texas Computer Cooperative's latest addition, is an online job recruitment and applicant management application. Flexible, powerful, a breeze to administer, simple to navigate and a delight to use, both as a business and as an applicant, CareerPortal is fast becoming one of Texas's favorite job recruitment tool. For more information, contact your local Education Service Center or visit us online

In Case You Missed It

Welcome DKDK Bailey



The Texas Computer Cooperative has a new Associate Director, DK Bailey. DK comes from ESC-10 in Dallas where he was the Director of Technology/Chief Technology Officer. He brings extensive private and public sector professional experience in technology leadership and strategic planning and a strong commitment to public education and the success of our work as ESCs and the TCC.


Education Service Center, Region 20 (as well as the other 19 ESCs in the state) turn 50 this year. In order to celebrate, we've got different events lined up throughout the year. The Texas Computer Cooperative is thrilled to be able to participate in these. Here are some, just in case you missed them.

Selfie with staff or a client day

On Friday, Feburary 17th for Selfie with Staff or a Client, another 50th anniversary event, Lynn Heatherly decided to take a selfie with both. Charles Wimett works at the TCC but is also a client of iTCCS. Nice! We have the best of both worlds here at the TCC with people like Lynn and Charles.

 

Go Red for Women Day

iTCCS showing their support for Go Red For Women, which advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. Thanks, iTCCS!

Selfie with staff or a client day

(Charles pictured above with Kacie from Junction ISD
at the TCEA Convention & Exposition.)

Meet the TCC

Charles Wimett

Component Director, Consulting Services
ESC-20

Q. How long have you worked at the TCC?

A. I've worked at TCC now for 8 years and prior to that I was at ESC-18 for 7 years.

Q. What were one or two of your favorite projects?

A. One of my favorite project to work on has been the calendar minutes update.

Q. What’s something you enjoy doing when you get home from work or on the weekends?

A. I enjoy spending time at the lake with friends and family riding our jet skis.

Q. Do you have any pets?

A. I have one dog, a Belgian Malinois. Her name is Shiner Bark.

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Published: March 22, 2017

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