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08/13/2020

Back to School - A message from Aeries President Brent Lloyd

A few words from Brent Lloyd, Aeries President

We went into 2020 looking forward to celebrating our 25th anniversary, as well as taking a few moments to reflect on what got us here. First and foremost, I want to acknowledge our Aeries family, our Eagles, users old and new, that make up this community we've been so lucky to have been a part of for decades.

Our staff is our beating heart and we are able to leverage their wisdom and expertise to support student success in ways that are meaningful to educators, administrators and families. All of what we enjoy today was built upon the legacy and history of our founder and my grandfather Jerry D. Lloyd, Sr. From his roots in 1960s mainframe technology to his relentless drive to innovate education, we continue his legacy. We have combined every lesson learned along our journey with a continued sense of dedication. Even though 2020 has been a year of challenges, it is also a year of opportunities. Together we're bringing to light some of the most exciting innovations and improvements that Aeries has ever seen.

Since the start of last school year, Aeries SIS has developed and deployed so many exciting new features.

That's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the vast amount of improvements we've continued to make to our core SIS. We know it's our commitment to having a modern and well-designed software that has led to some amazing new districts and schools joining our community of users. One of the largest cohorts of new customers came aboard and went live this summer representing 44 LEAs and nearly 130,000 students. They join 600+ educational institutions representing over 2.7 million students who rely on us daily to manage their student data. To say I am honored is an understatement. We are proud to serve these schools and districts and continue to push for innovation in EdTech. 

We are lucky to be able to continue our business almost uninterrupted despite these trying times. We were ready and able to provide full remote work accommodations for all our employees and are fortunate to be still operating at 100%. We know that official information has been slow to be shared on requirements and recommendations for how schools will be operating this fall, but we know and trust that the school districts, state agencies, and other organizations have been thoughtfully preparing for the variety of potential scenarios our students may face during these uncertain times. For our part, Aeries has committed to providing guidance and resources, as best we can, to the educational community. You can find them here:

The new school year is here and we're looking to the future and how we will continue to innovate educational technology. We are challenging ourselves to expand our capabilities and redefine what an SIS can do. With your participation in our unique, user-powered Aeries Ideas community, we can focus on building the features you ask for.  

We are also excited to announce a much-awaited relaunch of Aeries.com. Our team has been hard at work for the better part of the year in designing and developing our new website that will serve as a critical communication hub between all the partners in our ecosystem. From students and families, educators and administrators, vendors and prospective users, the new Aeries.com is a bold new leap in how we can work together.

The landscape of education has changed. So it's important for us to address how we are handling our annual fall users' conference. We're pleased to announce that this year, we're going digital with AeriesCon Virtual Summit - all the exceptional training you expect with the convenience to access anywhere. We'll be hosting this online-only, 4-day event October 5-8, 2020.  We're dropping the price, but giving you all the same great content, and a few more surprises! Please keep an eye out at AeriesCon.com for more details and to register for the event.

Each day, we are encouraged by the overwhelming resolve demonstrated by educators and school administrators. It can be easy to get caught up in the turmoil and uncertainty of everything going on these days, but by enduring these trying times together, the education community has risen to the occasion and proven our resilience. Collectively, our mutual support will continue to drive us forward on our mission towards promoting education and career success for all students.

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