Chico USD is only an hour or so from the office, a very pretty drive through the Sacramento Valley. Chico, one of several of our stand-alone implementations, has 12,000 students in a district that covers 322 square miles, including all of the city of Chico and adjacent unincorporated areas of Butte County.
Maureen Fitzgerald, the Assistant Superintendent of Business, had worked with Escape Software at several other organizations, and is a great leader. So I was especially excited to be working with her again. She has a great staff working on the project, including Peter VanBuskirk, who is the Manager of Fiscal Services when he’s not being the project lead. Scott Jones, the Director of Fiscal Services, and Diane Martin, Account Technician have both put forth enormous effort to learn the software and find ways to use it most effectively for Chico.
In my position as Project Manager for Escape, I spend a lot of time working with customers to learn new software, and incorporate the software into their workflow. This is always my favorite part of an implementation, and the group at Chico has been great to work with.