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  • Mario Silva
    Former Land Use Planning Officer
    Toronto District School Board
  • We showed parents why we need to close a school, using declining enrolment projections from Demographic Dynamics and showed them what would happen in 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 years. It contributed significantly to 1) make the decision to close the school and 2) to convince parents that a school had to be closed.

    Don Falk
    Former Superintendent of Schools
    Red Deer Public Schools
  • School Locator saves our staff time and provides a good advertisement that our district has information that is easy to find.

    Christine Sainsbury
    Planning & Financial Control Officer
    Langley School District
  • Don Falk
    Former Superintendent of Schools
    Red Deer Public Schools
  • Bevan Daverne
    Superintendent
    Golden Hills School Division
  • Staff Allocator has saved us hours of trying to calculate class size averages. The school secretaries provide the latest enrolments online and it takes seconds to punch a button in Staff Allocator to monitor the classes. If they are over the class size average then we address it. We value this software or it would be chopped during our current budget deficit.

    Bob McKay
    Manager of Human Resources
    West Vancouver School District
  • Robert Mills
    Director General
    Lester B Pearson School Board
  • A package of essential operational tools is how our District views the suite of Baragar applications. We use GeoSchool to do in-catchment/out-of-catchment enrolment analyses; to conduct impact analyses on boundary placement; and to create study areas for evaluating such things as program location. While providing important information regarding our enrolment projections, Demographic Dynamics is much more than a simple projection tool. We use it for various historical analyses and we rely heavily on the reports and graphs it provides. It also serves as our single, most accurate source for birth and population data. ThemeMap has proven invaluable in providing us with socio-economic and risk indicator data that we cannot get from any other source. And now, with ThemeMap, we can import our own external data for comparative purposes. Staff Allocator continues to be the most reliable tool we can find with which to conduct staffing and class size analyses. Collectively these tools have become mission critical applications within our district. Not only have they saved us time and resulted in cost efficiencies, but they continue to provide the reliable data we need to make sound decisions.

    Leone Sveinson
    Director, Planning and BCeSIS
    Victoria School District
  • Jan Unwin
    Superintendent of Schools
    Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District
  • Grant Henderson
    Superintendent of Schools
    Medicine Hat School District
  • Demographic Dynamics plays a key role in helping our District develop accurate projection enrollments. In addition to easy to use software, the staff at Baragar are always available to share their insight and have proven to be an invaluable resource!

    John Petzke
    Chief Technology Officer
    North Shore School District 112
  • W.R. Rusty Hick
    Director of Education
    Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
  • Don Falk
    Former Superintendent of Schools
    Red Deer Public Schools
  • John Gaiptman
    Superintendent
    Victoria School District
  • We have found that the Baragar software has improved our ability to predict our enrolment more accurately and help us explain the data in a meaningful and easily understood fashion to our community.

    Ron Weston
    Chief Superintendent
    St. James - Assiniboia School Division
  • We implemented major boundary changes to our school catchments and GeoSchool and Demographic Dynamics were indispensable in determining how many children would be affected, and based on the projected enrolment, identified the schools that would be over capacity. We made several presentations to parents using the GeoSchool maps and studies and demonstrated the impact to them. The outcome of the presentations was very positive because, although the parents were not happy, they could see that something had to be done based on the data we presented. We moved a significant number of pupils – the equivalent of 2 quarter sections (or ½ sq mile of significant population).

    Don Falk
    Former Superintendent of Schools
    Red Deer Public Schools
  • I want to let you know that I was recently using GeoSchool for looking at school closure, consolidations, etc., and I just wanted to let you know how easy I found it to use to get to the goal that I wanted to, and I thought I should pass that on.

    Pete Sabo
    Manager of Planning & Facilities
    Nanaimo - Ladysmith School District
  • We used GeoSchool to close a school and distribute the affected pupils to 3 other schools by changing the boundaries. We decided to close a school built in 1944 because renovation costs were high, the surrounding area had become commercial and unsafe for the children, and the 3 surrounding schools were newer and not near capacity. GeoSchool helped us determine which pupils were closer to each of the schools and what grades they would be enroled in and what programs they required, so that we could design the boundaries appropriately. The other 3 schools became more efficient as a result of the increased enrolments.

    Kerry Novack
    Research Analyst for Facilities and Demographics Planning
    Surrey School District
  • I find the mapping, projection and staffing tools to be one of the most valuable resources we have for forecasting, creating cost projections and solidifying staffing needs across our schools.  Last year we worked with community groups to change boundaries and implement a full day kindergarten program.  The mapping tools were crucial resources that allowed us to show our community in real time the impact of potential changes.  Knowing that we have started a new year with the boundary changes and full day kindergarten in place we can see that the projections and changes were extremely accurate which is crucial for space planning and facility needs.

    Jeff King
    Chief Operations Officer
    School District U-46
  • Bill Hogarth
    Former Director of Education and Secretary-Treasurer
    York Region District School Board
  • Terry Sullivan
    Superintendent
    Kamloops-Thompson School District
  • Staff Allocator is an invaluable resource when making classroom staffing decisions. It saves the District both time and money, and allows us to use our classroom staffing resources in the most efficient manner. In addition, the support for Staff Allocator from Baragar Systems is excellent.

    Uli Ross
    Personnel Planning Officer
    Surrey School District
  • John Crocco
    Director of Education
    Niagara Catholic District School Board
  • Catherine McCullough
    Director of Education
    Sudbury Catholic District School Board
  • We use the low socioeconomic indicators from the 2006 Census data in ThemeMap to determine which schools would get additional funding from our “Socioeconomic Support Fund”. We made the decision to shift funding from one school to another because of changes from the 2001 to the 2006 Census data.

    Don Falk
    Former Superintendent of Schools
    Red Deer Public Schools
  • The Business Development Department uses the stats from ThemeMap for funding requests to both the government and to the business community. We were able to provide the Socio-Economic picture of a neighbourhood, using ThemeMap, to a business that donated computers. They wanted to provide the income levels, education levels and ESL numbers in their press release to outline the need.

    Kerry Novack
    Research Analyst for Facilities and Demographics Planning
    Surrey School District
  • We used ThemeMap to create a socio-economic profile of the schools in our district, giving weights to certain criteria, in order to identify those schools most in need. We identify the schools because the Ministry of Children & Families required districts to support the allocation of Community Links funds to those students most in need. Using data from multiple reliable sources (census data, CRA data, district data) allowed us to support our case for funding for those students most in need so that we could provide additional services to them.

    Baragar went one step further after I explained how I used ThemeMap for this purpose and actually built in the capacity to do this report (called Super Indicators) into new versions of the software so that other users could also do this report.

    Our district has been a client of Baragar since 1994 and we continue to utilize their suite of products in all areas of the organization (from staffing, capital planning, boundary changes and enrolment forecasting). Baragar staff are always there to answer any questions that we might have. They provide training & support to new & old users alike. I would highly recommend Baragar to anyone responsible for the efficient planning for the operational & capital needs of your district.

    Doug Wong
    Assistant Secretary Treasurer
    New Westminster School District
  • Dwayne Reeve
    Director of Education
    Good Spirit School Division
  • Dr. Troy A. Davies
    Superintendent of Schools
    STAR Catholic Schools
  • Nancy Hanna
    Former Principal
    Upper Canada District School Board
  • Staff Allocator has become a crucial part of our District planning. The program has saved us time and money in the school staffing process, while at the same time allowing us to quickly identify potential class size or composition problems and review suggested solutions. In addition to the strength and flexibility the program offers, the staff support from Baragar Systems is prompt, friendly, and efficient.

    Graham Black
    District Principal
    Mission Public Schools
  • Carol Ann MacDonald
    Superintendent
    Grande Prairie Public School District
  • Many thanks to you and all of your gang for looking after our program needs. Baragar has one of a kind customer service, nothing is too great and everything is done with a smile.

    Patricia Deans
    Director of Community Services
    Lester B Pearson School Board
  • Don Falk
    Former Superintendent of Schools
    Red Deer Public Schools
  • Kimberly Frykas
    Director of Educational Technology
    Grande Prairie Public School District
  • We use GeoSchool frequently for School Accommodation Reviews. Due to our significantly declining enrolment, we use the Out of Catchment Module to track attendance from in and out of catchments, to give us the ability to redraw the boundaries, and show the impact of consolidating schools.

    Wayne Toms
    Manager of Information Technology and Planning
    Limestone District School Board
  • Gregg Ingersoll
    Superintendent
    Anglophone East School District
  • We love your stuff. It’s amazing! There are so many things we need to do and your software allows us to do them. It’s so useful. Staff Allocator is brilliant, it’s huge! Saving one or two staff members can save $150,000 to $200,000. We’ve been with you a long time and we still use it all the time. It’s worth the money.

    Kelvin Stretch
    Secretary Treasurer
    Kamloops-Thompson School District
  • Roger Clarke
    Director of Education
    Renfrew County District School Board
  • Staff Allocator enables us to react very quickly in a rapidly changing environment and has really helped us meet our primary class size initiative targets. The first year we used Staff Allocator the Ministry included a provision to the Primary Class Size Initiative that allowed 10% of all classes to exceed the class size cap. We were scrambling to come up with scenarios. When we originally ran the numbers we had 280 classes that were over the cap and had to get the number down to 115. Staff Allocator helped us do it by highlighting where we would get the most Bang for the Buck.

    Bill McNeeley
    Human Resources Officer
    Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Don Falk
    Former Superintendent of Schools
    Red Deer Public Schools
  • I want to thank the Baragar group for all your assistance over the years. A special thank you goes to you, Carson and Chuck – I’ve really enjoyed working with you, using your programs and appreciate the tremendous support that you’ve provided.

    Lorraine Coughlin
    Executive Assistant
    Sunshine Coast School District
  • Karen Dolson
    Planning Manager
    St. Clair Catholid District School Board
  • I have known the principals of Baragar Systems since 1995 and have had the pleasure of meeting many of their clients. The company creates amazing planning software that empowers school district administrators, allowing them to save time, effort and money while increasing credibility. Their customer service is second to none and they conduct their business with integrity and commitment to excellence. I recommend Baragar Systems without any reservations.

    Mike Kneale
    President of Kneale Enterprises
  • Chris Kelly
    Former Superintendent of Schools
    Richmond School District
  • Ken Sommerfeldt
    Superintendent of Schools
    Westwind School Division
  • Norman Breitner
    Former Manager of Planning Services
    Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
  • I am a big fan of the Baragar Software! Demographic Dynamics made producing divisional enrolment projects a breeze, the software is very intuitive and with the proper training you can easily add local knowledge. The knowledge base of the Baragar Team is amazing, and the group is always very willing to help and provide guidance when needed. School Locator has been a huge time saver; the website link has significantly reduced the number of calls from home owners and real estate agents.

    Dawn-Marie Beyak
    Senior Management Secretary
    St. James - Assiniboia School Division
  • ThemeMap data helps our Food Services Department determine which schools will be part of their free lunch program. The Socio-Economic indicators give us the make-up of the student population for each of our schools and helps us identify the schools that have pupils in need. Having this data helps us make an unbiased decision to add or remove a school from the program.

    Kerry Novack
    Research Analyst for Facilities and Demographics Planning
    Surrey School District
  • Staff Allocator integrates multiple functions into one simple-to-use tool replacing manual processes and the use of disparate pieces of software. We have realized considerable cost and time saving efficiencies through use of the tool, which is why Staff Allocator has quickly become one of our District’s essential administrative applications.

    Leone Sveinson
    Coordinator of Research and Planning
    Victoria School District
  • It has been an absolute blast working with you all and learning the Baragar System. I cannot say enough good stuff about your staff. They are the most professional and dedicated group I have had the joy of working with.

    Bob Lea
    District Planner
    Elk Island Public Schools
  • Assistant Superintendents love going into the online folder where I save the District Program Maps from GeoSchool that show where the programs are and where the pupils live that attend the programs. We have been using the Out of Catchment module in GeoSchool for 5 years to determine if we have the programs offered in the right schools or if we need to move it to a school that is closer to where the pupils who attend it live.

    Kerry Novack
    Research Analyst for Facilities and Demographics Planning
    Surrey School District
  • David Suriano
    Planner
    Ottawa Carleton District School Board
  • Ron Weston
    Chief Superintendent
    St. James - Assiniboia School Division
  • GeoSchool has been instrumental in helping our District make boundary changes.  We were able to develop several different concepts based on real-time student data.  Our Community Boundary Committee really appreciated how easy it was to “visualize” these changes as they worked to refine their models.

    John Petzke
    Chief Technology Officer
    North Shore School District 112
  • Carole Olsen
    Former Superintendent
    Halifax Regional School Board
  • Matthew Anderson
    Former Educational Planning Officer
    Toronto District School Board
  • JoAnn MacDonald
    Business Analyst
    Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board
  • Julie MacRae
    Director of Education
    Regina Public School Division
  • JoAnn MacDonald
    Business Analyst
    Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board