All 28 K-12 schools in Pickens County now benefit from the UK company’s innovative product, which makes it easier than ever for schools and school districts to manage their asset maintenance and procurement.

Parago’s solution gives the district board the ability to have a real-time view of its estate across all 28 schools, improving procurement and preventing overspending.

School Inventory Manager also allows the district to schedule their premises works, manage their contracts, and review everything in an easy-to-use virtual image format and reporting system.

Asset management for schools has become increasingly important, not only because it helps employees work more efficiently, but also in terms of security and insurance. US universities and colleges are huge; the University of Central Florida, for example, had a staggering 51,269 students enrolled in its fall 2013 undergraduate student body. With such a large student population comes a list of assets possibly reaching the hundreds of thousands.

Should the worst happen – in terms of large-scale theft or extensive fire damage – schools must ensure they’re protected. When it comes to filing an insurance claim, the reality is that the school must know the value of everything in each room, and be able to prove it was there. As Parago director Tim Roots explains, that’s exactly what their solution provides.

“There are two main issues here; the first is that schools must make sure their premiums are correct against the value of their assets. The second is that if a school has a fire, it must be able to get back on its feet as soon as possible. If it’s taking six months to two years to get a final settlement, schools that are not prepared are very vulnerable and are giving themselves some serious problems.

“Our solution is a subscription-based product allowing schools to keep detailed, easy-to-access records of everything in their premises, as well as storing thousands of photos from each individual room. The product creates a virtual image of the schools; their buildings, classrooms, and every single asset.”

There is no set user for an asset management tool. Many different levels of user can be tasked with managing assets for a school, from a finance professional to a janitor. Parago software is designed to work for everyone, and even comes with beautifully-designed apps for smartphone and tablet devices.

The Parago team recently flew out to train the district’s employees at the Pickens County offices in Greenville. The school board is extremely enthusiastic about the product, and will be deploying it in schools throughout the summer.

“Schools will only refer you if they’re happy with their system and the way they’re supported,” Tim said. “If you go on the Parago website, there are some 200 testimonials. It’s early stages for us in the States, but when schools can see others out there using a product, they can speak to them and find out the benefits for themselves.”

Parago was founded back in 2005 and is now one of the UK’s fastest growing companies. Its asset management systems are implemented in British schools all over the world including France, Hungary, Dubai, and all schools across the Cayman Islands.

Parago has recently partnered with Blackbaud, one of the largest suppliers to education in the USA.

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