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Illinois PreK-8 District Selects Follett’s Aspen Student Information System

MCHENRY, IL, Jun 1, 2016 – Following a comprehensive search process for a new student information system (SIS), Joliet Public Schools District 86 has adopted Follett’s Aspen SIS. The search committee, comprised of 40 key stakeholders, met for nearly two years to identify and select the SIS that best fit the needs of the PreK-8 district, which is home to 12,000 students in 21 schools.

Follett’s Aspen Student Information System hosts and manages student data, safely and securely stores data such as class schedules, student performance, health records, and athletic eligibility, and allows educators to closely monitor student progress, implement new curriculum, and conveniently communicate with parents.

According to John Armstrong, the district’s director of technology, the committee outlined a series of "must-have" features for its new SIS, including accurate state reporting, Spanish-language capability, and easily accessible parent portal, as well as a superior teacher gradebook, and attendance and discipline records.

"Joliet District 86 is excited about the transition to Follett’s Aspen Student Information System," Armstrong said. "The evaluation and selection process was long, but we are confident this student information system will meet the needs of the District."

Armstrong added his district’s search for a new SIS, to replace the existing system in place since 2009, was a key aspect of the Joliet Public Schools’ three-year strategic plan. He said the new SIS will be fully implemented district-wide this fall.

"We applaud the search committee for the thoroughness of its search and for ensuring the district’s new SIS is a perfect fit for its diverse needs," said George Gatsis, Senior Vice President of Technology Platforms, Follett School Solutions. "As part of our effort to grow Aspen in our home state of Illinois, we look forward to the start of a long and positive partnership with Joliet Public Schools District 86."

Follett’s Aspen SIS currently serves more than two million students throughout 180 school districts in the U.S. and Canada. For more information about Follett, visit For more information about Joliet Public Schools District 86, visit

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For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves over half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education's largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,700 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.