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 Gates County Schools,  Catawba County Schools and  Caldwell County Schools have all made the move to LINQ Human Resources this spring. We welcome the LEAs to our one system solution for finance and HR. LINQ HR gives you a single source of truth when it comes to your employee data.

Fiscal year end is fast approaching and we understand the increased demands on our users. That is why we work to make the fiscal year-end transition as easy as possible. In fact, we share checklists to provide guidance on year end processes. The checklists can be found on our  website.
Thanks to the continued trust and support in LINQ and its staff, we had two great User Conferences this month. This was our first year holding two separate user meetings for LINQ Finance and LINQ Human Resources and we’re very happy with how smoothly things went.

We hope everyone took home with them valuable tips and tools to help in managing their district more effectively. Our entire team of support and development enjoyed meeting, teaching and socializing with all of you.

Thanks to the suggestions from all of our users we introduced new enhancements with our last release that help in improving LINQ. These changes will give HR users new resources for maintaining accurate HR data, while making coordination between Payroll departments and HR more flexible. Our customers are our best resource and we thank you.
We welcome  Moore County Schools to LINQ HR this month. Moore chose LINQ for its automated HR and payroll procedures. An integrated system like LINQ ensures employee data is consistent throughout the organization. Click  here to learn more about LINQ Human Resources.

Join LINQ in Orlando FL April 1st - 4th for the SASBO 2017 Conference. As a friend of SASBO, LINQ supports the organization where school business leaders go to learn, network and grow.

The 2017 PANC Spring Conference will be held in Wrightsville Beach, NC April 3. Warm weather and an ocean view are two great reasons to attend. We encourage all attending to stop by the LINQ booth to learn more about the new era of Payroll and HR.

We are still accepting registrations for both the 2017 LINQ Finance User Conference and the 2017 LINQ Human Resources User Conference. Register today!
 Gates County Schools selects LINQ. Finance Officer, Rube Blanchard, sought to replace their legacy system with an integrated solution. Rube and his staff chose LINQ for features such as automated work flows, electronic document storage and built-in time & attendance. We welcome Gates County Schools to the LINQ family.

Too all who attended the 2017 NCASBO Annual Conference this month. We would like to say thank you to those who took the time to stop by our booth. We had a great time talking with all of you and look forward to the event next year.

If you haven’t already, be sure to register for the 2017 LINQ Finance and 2017 LINQ Human Resources User Conferences. We invite all districts to attend, gain knowledge and share ideas!
 Tyrrell County Schools and  Alexander County Schools both started 2017 off right, converting to LINQ Human Resources. Both districts made the move from their former HR product, HRMS. We are excited and proud to have a quickly growing HR user base.

Speaking of HR, Margaret enjoyed talking with the SW Regional PANC members during their regional meeting at UNCC. The feedback from both users and non-users on an integrated HR and payroll system was appreciated.

Join LINQ at the 2017 NCASBO Annual Conference to explore the latest industry trends and technology advancements. The conference will take place February 14-15th at the Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro, NC.
What an exciting time of the year! It is hard to believe that 2016 has come to an end. Our customers, our staff and the K-12 administrative community have reached many new goals and achievements throughout the year.

Here at LINQ we are amazed by what we have completed this year alone. We completed the upgrading of all of our legacy Version 5 customers to the new  LINQ system. We added five new school districts to our LINQ user group, we did twenty HR conversions while also fitting in a few Accounts Receivable trainings. All of this while development put out tons of new features through several auto-updates, and support provided superior customer service and training.

“We appreciate having a software company that is quick to always help us and has a friendly staff!” - Erica Marshall Payroll Manager,  Thomasville City Schools. During the holiday season we are thankful and humbled by the continued support of our customers. Your feedback, comments and kind words help guide and encourage us all year long. LINQ feels very lucky to be working with all of you.
School districts across the state continue to make improvements to their Human Resources software. We are proud to introduce three new LINQ HR users this month,  Yadkin County Schools,  Carteret County Schools and  Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

 See how LINQ has unified finance and HR into one seamless solution for better district performance.

As you plan for next year - mark your calendars April 5th for the 2017 LINQ Human Resources User Conference and April 12th & 13th for the 2017 LINQ Finance User Conference. We invite all users – new and experienced to attend, gain knowledge and share ideas. Stay tuned for more details including classes offered and a schedule of events.
We welcome  Wilson County Schoolsand  Mooresville Graded Schools to LINQ HR. Both districts were looking for a system that would allow the department to run smoothly and also integrate with payroll. We are excited to work with both Wilson and Mooresville HR departments.

Is your district interested in LINQ HR? Read below to find out what our users have to say about making the switch.

"The A+ customer service that the LINQ support team has provided has been outstanding. The conversion process and the training session that were implemented have put our HR Department at ease. Initially, we were hesitant to move quickly and aggressively with the integration soon after our finance department had gone live. But after speaking with your support team and administrators, we knew that we couldn't delay the process. So we implemented the system about 6 weeks following finance and payroll's setup."

"The introduction of the system through our administrators' training session with Adam and Clint, the on-site HR training that was provided by Lori and Katie, the assistance and expert advice from the LINQ Help Desk to assist in resolving concerns as we learn the new system and process, are the true marks of "Excellence" with your company. We are very happy to be on board and are looking forward to a long and lasting relationship with your company.” – Rick Walthall, Executive Director Human Resources Wilson County Schools
 Wilson County Schools selects LINQ. Finance Officer, Rene Evans, sought to replace their legacy system with an integrated solution. Rene and her staff chose LINQ for its innovative technology and features such as automated work flows, electronic document storage and built-in time & attendance. LINQ satisfied Wilson’s requirements delivering a system that is cost effective, flexible, easy to use and eliminates paper. We welcome Wilson County Schools to the LINQ family.

 Orange County Schools and  Newton Conover City Schools upgraded to the LINQ Human Resources module this month. District leaders wanted an integrated solution allowing for seamless data flow between HR and PR. By transitioning from paper to electronic processes, the two school districts can better streamline workflows and increase efficiency. We look forward to working with both Orange and Newton-Conover HR Departments.

LINQ joined school business officials from across the country at the ASBO International Annual Meeting & Expo in Phoenix, AZ. What an exciting time connecting with school business leaders, learning more about top issues impacting school finance and sharing the latest product updates of LINQ.
The yellow busses are rolling, bells are ringing and students are returning to class. The beginning of school is a busy time, yet LINQ clients find relief in exceptional customer support. “We appreciate having a software company that is quick to always help us and has a friendly staff!!” – Erica Marshall,  Thomasville City Schools Payroll Manager.

 Cherokee County Schools and  Polk County Schools turn to LINQ HR for a seamless enterprise management solution. Both school districts upgraded to our integrated finance and human recourses system this month improving efficiency and communication. Contact  Margaret today to join our growing HR user group. You‘ll be glad you did.
Happy July! We hope you all have been able to enjoy the slower pace of the late summer month. The new school year is approaching fast and will be in full session before we know it!

LINQ is excited to announce that with the continuing growth of our community we have been given the opportunity to work with two new Human Resources Departments.  Caswell County Schools and   Alamance-Burlington School System both recently upgraded to LINQ HR. Fifteen and counting, this fall we will continue to grow our HR customer base as we work to transition more NC LEAs to our HR solution. If you haven’t already contact Margaret to find out more about LINQ HR, or stop by and see us in Asheville October 3rd during the PANC fall conference.

We enjoyed visiting with members of the FBS community during the DPI summer conference in Durham. It is always nice to hear great feedback from our customers.
School districts across the state are making improvements to their Human Resources software. We are excited to announce that  Perquimans County Schools has upgraded to LINQ HR!

We appreciate all that our clients have done to make 2016 such a great year. Thanks to the help of our users we successfully continued to improve the  LINQ program. We look forward to taking on new clients in the upcoming fiscal year and stretching our reach across North Carolina.

Looking ahead, we hope to see many of you in Durham at the  FBS Summer Conference on July 21st. Be sure to drop by our both and say hello or ask us about scheduling your districts upgrade to LINQ HR.
 Beaufort County Schools joins LINQ. The school system chose LINQ applications, including Fund Management, Payroll, Budget Builder, Time Keeper and Fixed Assets to help the district run more efficiently and effectively. We welcome Lynn Harrold, Finance Officer of Beaufort County Schools, and her staff to our growing LINQ community.

Also this month, we are introducing two new LINQ Human Resources users,  Davie County Schools and  Transylvania County Schools. Both school districts chose LINQ HR for its complete integration with Payroll. An integrated system ensures employee data is consistent throughout the organization. Among other features, LINQ Human Resources reduces paper flow, is easy to maintain and cost effective.

If you missed our fiscal year end webinar, do not worry! We have saved the recorded version for you under the  Downloads section of our website. Watch as we demonstrate the simple processes for Payroll and Fund Management that we suggest to create a successful fiscal year end.
Sunny and 75. The atmosphere of our 2016 user conference, LINQ Live, couldn’t have been any better. Once again, we had a great turn out and a fun, successful event. The goal of our user conference is to educate, improve processes and to emphasize how many opportunities exist for easy networking with the LINQ community. We thank all who attended, shared questions, new ideas and lounge chairs by the pool. We were also excited to receive your feedback from the conference - because yes, we’re planning an even greater LINQ Live for next year.

Want to know the 411 on the LINQ community? The short answer – it’s growing. We are excited to welcome Wayne County Schools to the LINQ group this month. Wayne knew that in order to stay in the forefront of education the district needed to update and modernize its finance and human resources systems. Our conversion team came to the rescue – successfully leading both Finance and HR through the upgrade to LINQ in just two weeks.

Fiscal year-end is right around the corner and because we keep our customer’s best interest in mind, we will be hosting another free live webinar to help prepare our users for closing out the year successfully.  Register to join us Thursday May 19th at 10:00 AM EST as we demonstrate the processes for Payroll and Fund Management we suggest be taken to create a successful year end.
Over five years ago we made a deliberate decision to eliminate the AS/400 and provide our users with the latest advances in technology, data security, and cost savings. We are pleased to announce that as of March 2016 all of our AS/400 V5 systems have successfully been converted to our   LINQ Windows platform.

We welcome   McDowell County Schools and   Transylvania County Schools to LINQ. Both North Carolina LEAs sought to replace their legacy V5 systems with an integrated solution. They wanted a system that would manage their finance, payroll, school-level accounting, budgets and human resources. Additionally, they desired a system where time & attendance and human resources interfaced with payroll to ensure consistency and eliminate data entry.

Norris Barger, TCS Director of Business Services, admits the upgrade was better than expected. “Wow, if I’d known it was this great I would have converted a long time ago.” said Barger.

LINQ attended the NC Alliance of Public Charter Schools conference in Charlotte, NC this month and was excited to learn that the organization would be joining forces with the NC Public Charter Schools Association to provide a stronger voice for all charter schools in NC. We look forward to our partnership with the combined group.
The transition to LINQ continues as we roll out our new name, logo and look. We thank you all for your continued support and shared excitement for these changes.

We’d like to welcome   Rutherford County Schools and   Graham County Schools to our upgraded Windows-based system. Both LEAs made the transition from our older legacy system. Many thanks to Heidi Kerns, Lester Green and the skilled staff of both school systems.

The number of LINQ HR users continues to rise as   Madison County Schools (MCS) joined the group this month. Cindy Shores, Personnel Director of Madison County Schools, was looking for a system that would allow her to track CEU credits for teachers and also house personnel files electronically. She found just what she was looking for with LINQ HR and has plans for Madison to become as paperless as possible.

You still have time to   register for LINQ Live 2016, held April 18-19 in Wilmington, NC. We invite all districts to attend, gain knowledge and share ideas!
With a new name, new look and new users, 2016 is off to a great start! In today’s world it is essential for technology to be integrated into one seamless solution. A solution that promotes efficiency and reduces costs. In the spirit of integration, we have officially changed our product name from ISIS to   LINQ.

  LINQ reflects an innovative and dynamic future. Twenty years ago, we developed a financial software system for North Carolina LEAs. Since then we have helped streamline and automate everyday tasks for finance and now human resource departments. This new name and logo will signify a commitment to our users as we continue to improve and “link” the complex operations of a school system.

  Bladen County Schools selected LINQ solutions to modernize and integrate its financial and business functions. We welcome Sharon Penny and her staff to our growing community of users and look forward to serving the LEA.

If you haven’t already, be sure to register for the 2016 User Conference,   LINQ Live held April 18-19 in Wilmington, NC. Learn powerful new skills to enhance your LINQ user experience from a variety of break-out sessions. We invite all districts to attend.
We hope you all enjoyed the Holiday season. While it’s easy to find ourselves with longer to-do lists and busier schedules – we at EMS feel that you should enjoy some time away from the office. Take it from Faye Perry, Finance Officer of Camden County Schools, “I am going to “unplug” from work this year thanks to how much ISIS has improved our way of doing things here in Camden County Schools. I am looking forward to not answering emails, voicemails or anything else during this 2 week period.”

We love to hear from our users and love to know that our software helps to make their lives easier. Whether it’s useful feedback, a question or new idea, we want to   hear it.

Earlier this month we offered a live webinar on calendar year end tips and suggestions. If your schedule didn’t allow you to attend, do not worry. We have saved the   recorded version for our users to view for free, as many times as they’d like.

As we move into 2016, we look forward to another exciting year. Be sure to save the dates for our 2016 User Conference April 18-19 and give yourself a great reason to visit Wilmington, NC.
Our community of users continues to grow. We are excited to welcome   Duplin County Schools to Version 6, our Windows-Based software. Thank you Ashley Sutton and the staff at Duplin for welcoming our support team to their district. With our effective conversion timeline, Ashley and staff were able to process November’s payroll and enjoy their Thanksgiving holiday stress free!

This month we have added an enhancement to the AR module. Users of Accounts Receivable are now able to create invoices for billing groups, saving time when invoicing multiple customers for the same fee. Create only one invoice and bill as many customers as you wish. Click   here to learn more about Accounts Receivable.

Miss our live webinar on CEU Tracking Made Easy? Contact   Margaret for the recorded version or to schedule a live demonstration of the HR module.

Remember to mark your calendar April 18th & 19th for our 2016 User Conference. Held in beautiful Wilmington, NC this event is one you don’t want to miss! Stay tuned for more details including classes offered and a schedule of events.
  Mooresville Graded School District started off this fall on our Windows-based software, converting from the older legacy system (Version 5). Thanks to our skilled conversion team, the staff of MGSD are now benefiting from the newer technology and enhanced functions of V6. We welcome Terry Haas and her team to our rapidly growing community of users.

You may have heard that we’ve launched a Human Resource module and you’re wondering what it’s all about. Join   Margaret November 19th at 10:00 am during the live webinar to see this fully integrated system in action. Learn how the HR module can help track and manage employee CEUs, establish workshops and collect course evaluations.

As you plan for next year - mark your calendars April 18th & 19th for the 2016 EMS User Conference. We invite all users – new and experienced to attend, gain knowledge and share ideas. Held in Wilmington, NC this event is one you don’t want to miss.
We cordially welcome   Johnston County Schools to LINQ, the most complete financial and operational software solution for K12. Art Stanley, Johnston County School’s Chief Finance Officer, saw the benefits LINQ provides by empowering North Carolina LEAs to become more efficient and make decisions based on accurate data, saving money. Thanks to the hard work of the skilled staff at JCS and our dependable conversion team, they were able to process its first payroll just 14 days following conversion. We are excited to serve Johnston County Schools for years to come.

Interested in joining our community of users? Contact   Margaret to learn more about the benefits of working with a vendor committed and dedicated to North Carolina LEAs.

  Register now for October’s webinar, Bridging the gap between HR and Payroll – Tuesday October 13th at 10:00 AM EST. Learn why you should choose an integrated solution for your Human Resource department needs.
A fresh, new beginning! What better way to start off the school year than with new and improved software? We’re excited to announce that   Lincoln County Schools has joined the LINQ community. They made the move to our Windows-based software earlier this month. Thanks to Scott Powell and his team’s advanced preparations the August conversion was complete before teachers and students returned to class.

Speaking of new, have you heard LINQ introduced a new Accounts Receivable module? With the AR module you can easily invoice customers for your billed receivables. This includes invoicing for the use of an activity bus, rented building space, printing services or even new technology equipment. You can create your own categories to manage invoices, customers and items by department. It’s time to stop handwriting invoices and performing manual calculations, contact   Margaret for more information or to add Accounts Receivable.

After just one month on our Version 6 software, Faye Perry of Camden County Schools is proud of her decision. “I am so excited to be part of the family. I love our new software,” said Faye. LINQ, tested and proven in 47 North Carolina LEAs, continues to be the most complete financial and operational software in the state. If you are interested in converting to LINQ or would like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact   Margaret Pennstrom.
We could not be more excited to welcome   Camden County Schools to our Windows-based software. Faye Perry, Finance Office of Camden County Schools, shares this excitement with us. “The staff at both central office and the schools are happy and catching on quite well,” says Faye. “I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed having Clint and Susan as they worked super well with everyone. I can honestly say that I am very happy we made the move to   LINQ!”

In addition, we are so happy to introduce Accounts Receivable, a new module designed to simplify the collection of billed receivables and provide accurate management of invoices, credit terms and other accounts receivable tasks. Quickly create invoices, record customer payments and of course benefit from the integration with your current Customers, Manage Receipts & Deposits. Join this month’s LIVE webinar,   Tuesday August 4th, to see this new module in action!

The FBS Summer Conference in Durham was a great success. We enjoyed talking with members of the finance and business community about recent enhancements to our Windows-Based software. We also took the opportunity to host a social to offer attendees a chance to relax and enjoy refreshments with fellow NCASBO members. We had a great turn out, thank you to everyone who was able to join.
Happy Fiscal New Year! We know you all have worked hard these past few weeks to make the transition into the next fiscal year a success. We hope our users took advantage of our   Fiscal Year End Check Lists to help make the year-end process as painless and seamless as possible.

We continually provide our community of users with tips and tools on how to utilize LINQ to best manage their districts. If you have not already, be sure to log-in to   Client Access to view our free   Downloads, recorded   Webinars, and   Support Documentation.

Interested in joining our community of users? Contact   Margaret today to learn more about the k-12 financial and operational software that works.

We hope to see you in Durham at the   FBS Summer Conference on June 23rd. We welcome all attending to drop by our booth and say hello, or ask us about our new HR module and how this integrated system is already transforming how districts operate
As students and teachers enter the final weeks of the school year, temptations of summer freedom can rattle just about everyone. We understand the increased demands on central office staff this time of year and have made sure our software makes the fiscal year-end transition as easy as possible. In fact, there are absolutely no year-end requirements of the software. Closing out the fiscal year in LINQ is a breeze!

Watauga County Schools will be ready for a successful year-end after converting to Version 6 earlier this month. We are excited to welcome Ly Marze and her staff to our rapidly growing group of users. LINQ is the next level in financial and resource management and the most powerful solution offered to North Carolina school districts.

Our human resource module is transforming how districts operate, eliminating redundancies and unnecessary paperwork. Hyde County Schools converted to the LINQ HR module this month. Kelly Brooks and the staff at Hyde are excited to move forward with this fully integrated system. For more information on the LINQ HR module click   here.
We are excited to welcome Jones County Schools and Clay County Schools to LINQ. Both districts made the switch from our older legacy system (Version 5). Thanks to the talent of each LEA and our own LINQ team the conversions went smoothly! This brings the total number of NC school districts running our   Windows Based software to forty four. We appreciate all that our existing customers have done to continue our success of helping school districts throughout the state!

LINQ attended the PANC Spring conference April 20th in Wrightsville Beach, NC. The team enjoyed answering questions and preparing districts for the much anticipated   LINQ Human Resource module. Avery County schools has joined Kannapolis City as early adopters of this robust and tailored HR solution. Those already scheduled to come on board can expect a full conversion of HRMS data, full integration with LINQ Payroll and fully featured applications to track CEU credits and licensure, manage contracts and produce state specific reports.

Fiscal year-end is quickly approaching and to prepare our clients for closing out the year successfully we will be hosting a LIVE webinar Tuesday May 19th at 10:00 AM EST.   Register to join us as we demonstrate the processes for Payroll and Fund Management we suggest be taken to create a successful year end. For more information or questions on registering contact   Margaret.
Thanks to the continued trust and support in LINQ and its staff, we had a great User Conference in Wilmington, NC. We hope everyone took home with them valuable tips and tools to help in managing their district more effectively. Our entire team of support and developers enjoyed meeting, teaching and socializing with all of you.

The LINQ team welcomes Tyrrell County Schools and Edgecombe County Schools to LINQ Version 6 this March. Clint Schaefer and Derek Hill lead the successful Tyrrell conversion while Adam Hooks and Alicia Hedge managed the conversion in Edgecombe. Our Windows based system is now utilized by 42 North Carolina LEAs and it continues to be the most complete financial software in NC.

Development continues on the new Human Resource module as we make great progress in Kannapolis City. New enhancements to   Time Keeper Employee Portal include a CEU link that displays Licensure information, CEU totals and CEU history for employees and a Workshop Registration link that allows employees to register for upcoming workshops.

Join ISIS in South Carolina April 15th for the   SASBO 2015 Conference. As a friend of SASBO, LINQ supports the organization where school business leaders go to learn, network and grow.

The   2015 PANC Spring Conference will be held in Wrightsville Beach, NC April 19-22. Warm weather and an ocean view are two great reasons to attend. We encourage all attending to stop by the LINQ booth to learn more about the new Human Resource module.
Orange County Schools converted from the older LINQ system (Version 5) to Version 6 this month adopting the newer technology of the Windows system.

Green County Schools has also joined the LINQ group, thanks to Karen Stallings and her team.

There are currently forty (40) NC districts on LINQ, and eight (8) more conversions on the calendar this year. Thank you all for your continued trust and for being LINQ customers!

We are looking forward to the   2015 LINQ User Conference March 23rd & 24th. There is still time to   register for those that have not yet done so! For more information or questions contact   Margaret Pennstrom.

Stay tuned for new webinar updates each month on our website. Whether you’re a current customer preparing for a conversion to Version 6 or a non-client interested in what LINQ can for your district, these webinars will introduce you to the next level of software for your operations.
What better way to start the year than with the launch of our new LINQ Human Resource module? With the guidance of Adam Hooks, Cheryl Brooks and Gordon Millspaugh, Kannapolis City Schools is now utilizing the Windows-based   ISIS HR module.

A full conversion from their former HR product, HRMS. We are excited and proud that the conversion was a success. The LINQ Team has done a great job and Kannapolis City is impressed with how user friendly the new technology has proven to be.

Catawba County Schools started off 2015 on our Windows-based software, converting from the older LINQ legacy system (Version 5). Thanks to Karla Miller, Lori Triplett and the rest of their team the conversion went smoothly and the staff at Catawba are now benefiting from the newer technology and enhanced functions of LINQ.

Join LINQ at the   2015 NCASBO Annual Conference to explore the latest industry trends and technology advancements. The conference will take place February 16-19th at the Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro, NC.

If you haven’t already, be sure to register for the   2015 LINQ User Group Conference held March 23-24 in Wilmington, NC.

Also, if you missed this month’s live webinar, New Year New Enhancements, contact   Margaret Pennstrom for the recorded version or to schedule a live demonstration.
LINQ contributed to another successful calendar year end for North Carolina school districts. LINQ clients benefited from the convenient tips and tools helping to plan and process 1099s, W2s and other calendar year end procedures. Just one of many ways LINQ makes your life easier!

Miss our live webinar on closing out the calendar year end successfully? Just contact   Margaret Pennstrom, for the recorded version or to schedule a live demonstration.

A promising future, 2015 will be another exciting year for the LINQ Team. As the conversion calendar fills up, more North Carolina LEA’s will take advantage of the many benefits and built-in features of the LINQ product suite. The LINQ Development team has been working hard to deliver new and exciting features to enhance the already powerful LINQ software. Coming soon, LINQ Report Writer! Create and format your own customized reports, saving specifications and re-running reports for new data.

Agenda details and plans are being finalized for the 2015 LINQ User Conference, “Beyond the Software, Supporting the everyday tasks.” The conference is scheduled for March 23rd & 24th, 2015. Expect an agenda full of best practices, tools on how to automate your processes, and detailed learning on managing your district more effectively.
LINQ enjoyed attending the NC School Board Association Conference in Greensboro this month. We are already preparing and excited for the   Annual NCASBO Conference in February! The Annual NCASBO Conference will be held in Greensboro, NC February 16th-19th. We enjoy the opportunity to interact with and thank our customers, as well as meet new customers and fellow vendors.

Moore County Schools and Elkin City Schools converted to our Version 6 Windows Based software this month. Thank you Tina Edmonds and Jan Zachary for welcoming our Support Team to their districts. The LINQ team looks forward to many more years of serving Moore County and Elkin City Schools.

  Register now for December’s webinar, How to Make Your Calendar Year End Successful - Tuesday, December 16th at 10:00 AM EST.

Remember to mark your calendars March 23rd & 24th for the 2015 LINQ User Group Conference. Held in Wilmington, NC this conference promises to be a dynamic and innovative event focused on cutting-edge software solutions for North Carolina Schools. For more information contact   Margaret Pennstrom.
October is a wrap – We’ve had another great month and are excited to continue the success of the LINQ Team throughout the remainder of the year!

We cordially welcome Vance County Schools to   LINQ Version 6, our Windows-Based software. Adam Hooks, Alicia Hedge and Danielle Moss all contributed to the successful conversion. Users in Vance County have now witnessed first-hand the benefits and efficiencies of our point and click system.

The PANC Fall Conference held in Asheville, NC was a great event – over 150 North Carolina Personnel Administrators joined for three days of education and networking. The LINQ Team shared additional information about the new Human Resource module. If you were there, thank you for visiting with us! And if you weren’t, you can still learn about this exciting new module by requesting information   here.

The   45th Annual NC School Board Association Conference will be held November 17th & 18th in Greensboro, NC at the Koury Convention Center. Stop by the LINQ booth to learn more about the comprehensive software package designed and developed specifically for North Carolina LEAs.

Be sure to   register for our upcoming webinar – Maximizing the Vendor Management Module - Thursday November 20th at 10:00 AM EST. Learn how to get the most out of your LINQ software, saving time and unnecessary trouble! For more information contact   Margaret Pennstrom.

As schedules fill up - mark your calendars March 23rd & 24th for the 2015 LINQ User Group Conference. Held in Wilmington, NC this conference promises to be a dynamic and innovative event focused on cutting-edge software solutions for North Carolina Schools.
September proves another productive month for the LINQ Team. We’re excited to now have Pamlico County Schools on our Windows-based software. Adam Hooks, LINQ Vice President, and Alicia Hedge, LINQ Support Team Member, led the successful conversion. The staff of Pamlico County are now taking full advantage of our “point & click” system.

The LINQ team hits the road next month. Ben Hooks, Cheryl Brooks and Margaret Pennstrom will be traveling to Asheville, NC October 6th to attend the   PANC Fall Conference. These three are very excited to share information and features of our new Human Resource Module. Stop by the LINQ booth to get a first look of this highly customizable, fully integrated system designed specifically for North Carolina LEAs!

Those of you traveling to the coast for the   NCASBO Fall Leadership Conference please join LINQ for dinner Thursday evening October 9th 6 PM at the Blockade Runner. The Blockade Runner and Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC provides the perfect setting to relax and enjoy dinner and refreshments with fellow colleagues.

Don’t miss our upcoming webinar - How to Comply with PPACA, Tips from LINQ - Tuesday October 14th at 10:00 AM EST. Learn how LINQ helps districts track and update employee PPACA status and determine eligibility. For more information contact   Margaret Pennstrom.
The start of another school year brings quite the buzz, yet LINQ clients find relief in software efficiency and exceptional customer support.

Perquimans County converted to Version 6 earlier this month, their 4 schools are now working on our Windows Based Software. Perquimans is taking full advantage of built-in time and attendance, electronic document storage, seamless fiscal years, and the ability to export ALL reports to Excel.

LINQ is excited to welcome two new team members, Margaret Pennstrom, Marketing and Sales Director, and Derek Hill, Support Team Member. Margaret will focus on brand awareness, marketing strategies and growing ISIS’s already large client base. She has a well-rounded background including both marketing and sales experience in the healthcare, retail, and food service industries. Derek joins LINQ with 7 years’ experience in the technical field, working both as a support representative and information service technician in the banking industry. Derek’s knowledge of computer software combined with his ability to deliver exceptional customer support, makes him a great addition to our team.

Progress continues on the new LINQ Human Resource Module and we are excited to announce that our development team is on schedule. With the guidance of Cheryl Brooks and Gordon Millspaugh, this product will be designed exclusively for North Carolina LEAs.

Don't miss our next webinar – Convenient Payment Features & Money Transactions. Learn how LINQ will help you cut costs and unnecessary work, September 9th 10-10:30 AM EST.
LINQ is proud to announce the successful conversion of Hyde County Schools to LINQ Version 6! LINQ Vice President Adam Hooks, and Support Team Member Clint Schaeffer led the conversion. Ken Chilcoat, Director of Finance for Hyde County, was very pleased with the switch - “It's (LINQ) awesome; it saves us time and money all while being extremely easy to use! The built-in features not only save money, but promote efficiency in all areas. The LINQ Support Staff is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.” The LINQ team looks forward to many more years of serving Hyde County!

New Service! LINQ is expanding its service once again and only with our users in mind! Starting August 2014, we will provide a checklist for each month of the year, aimed at helping you use your software to keep your district’s financial operations running as smoothly as possible. We will also include tips and suggestions aimed at seasonal issues throughout the year. The checklists will be added to the documentation area of our website during the first week of every month, and will be available all year long for your reference.

Look forward to the next edition of LINQ Insight. Issue 4 summer 2014 includes:

• Human Resource Module – Coming Fall 2014

•How to Get the Most Out of Your Payroll System

•Employee Spotlight – Alicia Hedge

•Calendar of our upcoming events

•Expanding Service Coming this August!

Also, be sure to watch our recorded webinar on the LINQ Payroll module as we demonstrate built-in features and operational efficiencies of North Carolina school district’s most robust payroll system.

Built-in features:

•Time & Attendance

•Electronic Document Cabinet

•Excel Spreadsheets

•Automatically Archived Reports

All of our recorded webinars are available under the   Downloads area of our website.
LINQ has worked hard to make the year-end process as painless and efficient as possible for our clients by creating a Fiscal Year-End Check List available through Client Access on  K12financials.com. The Fiscal Year-End Check List not only helps with client awareness of state year-end requirements, but also provides tips and strategies on utilizing LINQ to best tackle and accomplish these requirements. Be sure to log-in to Client Access to view additional documentation and webinars. First time users should contact the  Support Team for assistance with log-in.

LINQ is proud to introduce our Human Resource Module to ISIS clients and non-clients this fall. The LINQ Human Resource Module delivers a robust and fully integrated system to meet and exceed the unique and specialized needs of North Carolina LEAs. Our team has been working diligently to develop a product that offers features like:

Full integration between Human Resources, Payroll and Employee Portal

Maintain multiple addresses, phone numbers, contacts and emergency information for employees

Employees have the ability to view Professional Development CEU credits and register for upcoming classes through the LINQ Employee Portal

Electronic Document Storage

The LINQ Team will be hosting a webinar for the HRMS Steering Committee and Team as a first look inside the Human Resource Module July 10th and 15th.

Join LINQ July 23rd and 24th during the FBS Summer Conference where LINQ will be hosting walk-in demos of our software including our much anticipated Human Resource Module from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the Bull Durham Room, Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Durham, NC. Come see what all the buzz is about and learn how LINQ can help your district save time and money with built-in services like Time & Attendance and Electronic Documents!
Exciting Announcements in the month of May, LINQ launches its new website and Manage Employee Audit Trail!

Our new website has a new look and feel, but most importantly provides access to more information for clients and potential clients.

Our NEW Website Features Include –

Client Access - providing the ultimate accessibility for our clients! By simply logging in you have instant access to important documentation, knowledge base articles, manuals and even webinars at your fingertips! Contact the Support Team for assistance with first time users.

Meet The Staff – We've put together something pretty special here at LINQ - an agile group of expert developers, customer support and quality assurance testers all with a shared commitment to communication, collaboration, and exceptional customer support.

Clients - ISIS has been serving North Carolina Local Education Agencies (LEA) for twenty years; offering the very best financial and operational software. Our commitment and success has afforded LINQ a client base of 115 North Carolina Public Schools and Charter Schools! Check out our client’s page for a full list of public and charter schools that are LINQ clients.

Partners – LINQ has integrated with 18 third-party providers that North Carolina Local Education Agencies use every day. Integration with these third-party providers means less duplication and more consistency. Our Partners page offers a full list fully integrated partners.

One of our newer features to Version 6, Manage Employee Audit Trail offers a full audit trail of data that has been changed, added and deleted by any user. LINQ has eliminated the guess work, now who, what, when, where and why is answered for you!

Register for our  LIVE webinar June 10th demonstrating how tracking employee changes are easier than ever!
LINQ continues our commitment to North Carolina Charter Schools and is proud to be selected again by NC DPI as the sole financial software provider for North Carolina Charter Schools. We will be hosting FREE training for new charter schools in April, May and June. LINQ also attended the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools conference April 4th and 5th, we enjoyed meeting existing and up and coming charter schools!

In preparation for our much anticipated Human Resources Module launching Fall 2014, LINQ attended the Personal Association of North Carolina Conference April 7th at Wrightsville Beach, NC. Additionally, by partnering with HRMS experts, LINQ has created a robust and tailored solution designed specifically for North Carolina Human Resources. You can expect conversion of HRMS data into LINQ Human Resources Module, full integration with LINQ Payroll, tracking of personal information, contracts, continuing education credits and much more!

Be sure to watch our recorded webinar on Automatic Report Archiving, a tool LINQ clients have come to depend on to manage their reports. Automatic Report Archiving by LINQ -

Built-in feature, no extra cost

Storage is indefinite and unlimited

Search easily by report name, user and/or date

New Payroll Reports are Now Available! Cleveland and Newton-Conover County Schools are Now on LINQ!

March lead the way for Newton-Conover and Cleveland County Schools to both convert to LINQ Version 6, our Windows based system! LINQ has been tested and proven in 29 North Carolina LEAs for four years and it continues to be the most complete financial software in North Carolina. Our built-in Time and Attendance, Electronic Document Cabinet, Laser Checks and Spreadsheets allow our clients to benefit from a complete solution, without paying extra fees or hassling with third party providers!

LINQ was proud to host our annual User Conference in Greensboro, NC ! The 2014 LINQ User Conference had the largest attendance of any user conference yet! We covered our latest innovations including, built-in Spreadsheets, our new Human Resources Module and Employee Portal Managing Requests.

Our development team launched two new reports, Proforma Comparison Report and Remaining Salary/Budget Balance Comparison. Now with the Proforma Comparison Report, pinpointing the unexpected payroll changes is easy. By comparing a previous payroll to your open payroll, every change, update, or discrepancy is highlighted in an instant. Catch errors before they happen with Proforma Comparison Report. One report, Remaining Salary/Budget Balance Comparison enables users to view remaining salary and budget balance differences by account numbers at a glance! Each report is available now and was part of auto update 71.
• Calendar of up-coming events

• Meet Mike Salmon and Christi Monroe, LINQ innovators

• 6 ways to eliminate the extra cost of laser check printing

• Learn more about the Support Team’s goal to Exceed Your Expectations!

Join our 2014 User Conference in Greensboro, NC, March 10-11. This year’s User Conference promises to be a dynamic and innovative event focused on cutting-edge software solutions. We are covering the hot topics of 2014 like Patient Protection Affordable Care Act Compliance, the highly anticipated Human Resource Module and teaching you how to use our newest features like Vendor ACH and custom Excel Spreadsheets!

Be sure to register for our LIVE webinars February 28th and March 25th, we will demo Version 6 Payroll and Fund Management modules. Whether you are a current customer preparing for a conversion to Version 6 or a non-client interested in what LINQ can for your district, these webinars will introduce you to the next level of software for you operations!
LINQ is introducing even more ways to stay in touch and keep our clients informed in 2014!

• Seasonal Support Tips from Director of Support, Susan Sharp. Keep up-to-date on topics that are affecting your district now, like how to best handle those pesky snow days with the LINQ calendar. Are you on Susan’s mailing list? Join now by emailing  Susan.

• Are you creating customized Excel spreadsheets within LINQ, what about automating employee requests to virtually eliminate data entry? Our monthly webinars are the best way to learn about LINQ innovation.

• Insight – Quarterly Newsletter. Our newsletter aims at highlighting the newest features LINQ has developed, profiles LINQ employees you talk with every day and even provides a ‘How To’ section with quick and simple tips to take your operations to the next level!

Pender started off the 2014 conversions by moving their 17 school district to our Windows based Version 6 software. Thanks to Betsy Chestnutt and her team's advanced preparations with training, it went very smoothly. The LINQ team looks forward to many more years of serving Pender County!
LINQ launched TWO new features this month, Excel spreadsheet reporting and Vendor and Employee ACH! With the NEW customized spreadsheet reports you are able to create unlimited, custom spreadsheets! Spreadsheets can be edited, reran and saved to your computer at any time right from your desk at no additional cost!

Vendor and Employee ACH is another step into the electric, paperless future. Now you are able to pay any vendor or employee travel reimbursements through EFT/ACH function. This feature maximizes efficiencies, minimizes fraud and simply makes life easier! Be sure to register for our webinar January 28th at 10 AM to learn more about this feature.

LINQ also launched its first edition of The LINQ Insight; a quarterly newsletter aimed to keep your district updated on the latest LINQ has to offer and need to know information affecting your district. In each issue you will meet a member of the LINQ team, learn about a new product or feature and get advice from our “How To” section! For your own copy click here.

LINQ is finalizing preparations for the 2014 User Conference with a “New Year, New Solutions” theme. The conference is scheduled for March 10 & 11, 2014. This conference promises to be innovative and informative, you’ll learn to empower your employees, improve time management and profitability and take advantage of technology trends! Registration information coming soon.
LINQ enjoyed attending the NC School Board Association Conference in Greensboro this month. We are already preparing and getting excited for the Annual NCASBO Conference in February! The Annual NCASBO Conference is always a great way to interact with and thank our customers, as well as meet new customers. We also welcomed Alleghany County to Version 6, thank you Cindy Holder and her team for the great preparation and welcoming our Support Team to your district!

Mark your calendars for December 10th at 10 AM for our next LIVE webinar, NEW Customized Spreadsheet Reporting!

LINQ is proud to welcome Clint Schaefer to our Support Team! Clint brings nine years’ experience with Pierce Group Benefits. His knowledge of payroll functions and employee benefits will prove to be valuable to North Carolina LEAs. Bringing on industry experts like Clint is one way Susan Sharp, Director of Support, is continuing our commitment to providing the best support to customers. 'We are always working to improve our support for LINQ customers, and we believe that Clint’s knowledge and experience will enhance our dedicated support team,' said Sharp. Welcome to the Team Clint!

LINQ is proud to welcome Clint Schaefer to our Support Team! Clint brings nine years’ experience with Pierce Group Benefits. His knowledge of payroll functions and employee benefits will prove to be valuable to North Carolina LEAs. Bringing on industry experts like Clint is one way Susan Sharp, Director of Support, is continuing our commitment to providing the best support to customers. 'We are always working to improve our support for ISIS customers, and we believe that Clint’s knowledge and experience will enhance our dedicated support team,' said Sharp. Welcome to the ISIS Team Clint!
The LINQ Team was on the road in October, meeting clients, attending conferences and performing our biggest conversion yet! The PANC conference offered the opportunity to further our commitment to NC LEAs beyond the Finance departments into Human Resources. LINQ also hosted a dinner at the NCASBO Financial Leadership Conference, it was a great evening to relax and enjoy the company of one another.

Cabarrus County Version 6 conversion was a success; LINQ Vice President Adam Hooks, LINQ Director of Support Susan Sharp, and LINQ Support Team Member Lori Kropp, led the conversion. Thanks to Kelly Kluttz and her team's advanced preparations with training, it went very smoothly. The LINQ team looks forward to many more years of serving Cabarrus County!

Don't miss our next webinar – Go Green! Instant Access to Documents When and Where you Need Them with Electronic Document Cabinet, November 20th 10-10:30 EST.
Up Next: Looking ahead, October promises to be a huge month for LINQ and its customers! Converting one of our largest clients, Cabarrus County, to our Version 6 software is an exciting time for our development and support staff. The launch of our first ever newsletter gives us the opportunity to connect further with North Carolina Schools Districts and become your source for the most current information affecting your district.

Next Webinar: Be sure to tune into our LIVE webinar October 22nd, we will demo our NEW automated employee requests portal, drastically minimizing data entry! LINQ hosts a live webinar each month; you’ll learn tips, advice and strategies on how LINQ can help your district run more efficiently.

New to LINQ: Windows Server Monitoring and Automated Cloud Backup! Windows Server Monitoring offers 24 hours a day - seven days a week - 365 days a year server and performance monitoring by a Microsoft Certified EMS staff member. Automatic Cloud Backup ensures your information is secure with daily data and database back-up. Employee Portal has automated employee requests! Now users simply review the employees request and click approve, the requests are processed behind the scenes, in seconds, so you can focus your attention on more important tasks. LINQ keeps an audit trail and log of changes and employees can access their portal 24/7 – 365 days a year.

LINQ kicked off the school year with a bang, working to continue providing the most complete solution for your district! LINQ launched two new services and upgraded the Employee Portal, creating new 'self service' functions. The Human Resources module is also getting new functionality; our monthly webinars are a big hit. And this is just the beginning of what LINQ has planned for the future!
Striving towards the goal of converting all clients to Version 6, Person County Schools made the upgrade with the help of Adam Hooks, VP of LINQ. Persons is extremely excited to start using the new Windows based software and we know they will enjoy the same experience as Pam Satterfield at Richmond County Schools, "We really like V6. It provides more detailed information [than version 5]. We have been on it for two years now and love its functionality."

In addition, LINQ collaborated with HRMS and NC DPI to host a webinar discussing the new integration and HR features within LINQ.

LINQ is excited to announce our new partnership with Applitrak! This integration is another important step LINQ has taken to enhance our current HR features like – Benefit Management, Leave Tracking and Employee Portal. Partnering with AppliTrak will allow HR directors to select the most highly qualified applicants for a job, import information like – demographics, position ID, emergency contacts and much more directly into LINQ eliminating administrative work.
LINQ attended NC-DPI's Annual FBS Conference in Durham, where Ben Hooks, CEO, hosted a user group session covering topics such as our Window's Based Version 6 software, recent enhancements, and new third party integrations. We also took the opportunity to host a meet-and-greet to offer attendees a chance to take a break from conference events, relax and enjoy refreshments with fellow colleagues. Thank you all who attended, we enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to meet with you.

Understanding how valuable Version 6 is to clients, LINQ has set the long term goal to convert all clients to Version 6 by the end of 2014; currently LINQ has 19 clients already utilizing V6.

July has been the month of conversions! Davie, Davidson, and Person Counties all made the transition from the AS400 System (Version 5) to the Microsoft SQL System (LINQ) in July. "LINQ offers our clients invaluable features like seamless fiscal years and electronic filing cabinet all designed to give the user the best experience possible." said Ben Hooks, CEO of ISIS. "LINQ has been tested and proven for over 3 years and we continue to be the only vendor 100% dedicated to North Carolina LEAs."
We appreciate all that our existing clients have done to make 2013 such a great year. We look forward to taking on new clients and stretching our reach across North Carolina, helping school districts throughout the state!

Year end is always a busy time of the year for North Carolina LEAs and LINQ is proud to have assisted our clients in closing out the year successfully. LINQ created three Fiscal Year End Checklist Videos highlighting and demonstrating processes for Payroll and Fund Management we suggest be taken to create a successful year end. In Fiscal Year 2013 we converted 10 school districts to Version 6 and had 15 auto-updates to enhance their user experience.
LINQ has taken a huge step in continuing to serve charter schools by officially passing its benchmark with NC-DPI to launch our new Web Based System! Ben Hooks, CEO will be in Raleigh hosting a User Group conducting training sessions for 20 new charters and training for the new Budget Builder module that interfaces with the NC DPI BAAS system.

Wilkes County converted to Version 6 this month, their over 20 schools are now working on our Windows Based Software. Wilkes County is now taking advantage of seamless fiscal years, electronically storing documents and the ability to export ALL reports to Excel.

LINQ is excited to welcome Lauren Durako, Sales and Marketing Director, and Lori Kropp, Support Team Member. Prior to joining LINQ, Lauren spent five years as an account consultant, specializing in assisting colleges and companies across the nation with new hire background checks and student screening for training at clinical or field experience settings. Lori has six years' experience coordinating external evaluations for K-12 educational grants as Project & Human Resource Manager for an educational evaluation company, after earning her Master of Public Administration from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Lori's focus will be charter school training and supporting the new Version 6 product.

Welcoming two new members to the team, converting a school district to Version 6 and launching our new Web Based system for North Carolina charter schools, LINQ has been busy in May!
The charter school version of LINQ is undergoing an update and will be fully browser based by the end of May. It should be available to all charter schools for the 2013-14 school year. It also contains a new BAAS module to allow charters to submit federal grant requests and budget changes to DPI.

The "new" LINQ Budget Builder Module has been introduced and implemented in 45 districts. It interfaces with the new NCDPI BAAS module, replacing the old BUD functions.

Version 6, there are currently nineteen (19) NC districts that have implemented Version 6. Twelve more conversions are on the calendar. Thanks to everybody for their continued trust in EMS and the LINQ product line.

Caldwell County Schools has converted to the new Version 6, from the older LINQ legacy system. Welcome and congratulations to Karla and her supporting troop.

The 2013 User group was held March 11 & 12 at the Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro, NC. The meeting attracted over 160 attendees. A follow up survey found attendees liked the format, prefer a March time frame and thought the mini sessions were valuable. The weakest point was the "breaks". So they'll get special attention next year.

The Meals Plus division of EMS launched K12 Payment Center during spring break. It replaces www.lunchprepay.com. What makes it news worthy are the new functions that allow individual schools to track fees by student, allow parents to pay those fees via the internet and it also provides teachers with a receipting mechanism. This makes for a complete student accounting system within a single system. It will also have interface capabilities with TRA products.
Hoke County Schools converts to Version 6, adopting the Windows platform along with a SQL server.
Education Management Systems, announces the 2013 user group conference. The conference will be held at the Greensboro Sheraton Four Seasons, March 11 and 12, 2013. For more information contact us atisissupport@k12financials.com.

Thomasville City Schools converts from the older legacy system (Version 5) to Version 6, adopting the newer technology of the Windows world along with the cloud based computing options with Microsoft SQL.

Surry County Schools converts from the older legacy system (Version 5) to Version 6, adopting the newer technology of the Windows world along with the cloud based computing options with Microsoft SQL.
EMS holds LINQ Advisory Board meeting. The meeting was held in Greensboro at the Hilton Garden Inn. Board members include; Pam Satterfield of Richmond County Schools, Bill Josey of Stanly County Schools, Kim McVeigh of Alamance Burlington School System, Ruby Pittman with Chapel Hill ? Carrboro City Schools and Scott of Caswell County Schools. The meeting agenda and minutes have been distributed to all customers. For additional copies please contact adam@k12financials.com.

Education Management Systems, announces automated report archiving. This new feature, built into Fund Manager and Payroll, allows the district to determine by user, which generated reports an eclectronic copy should be maintained. The sub-module then allows users to search archived reports by user, date range and/or report title.

Education Management Systems delivers electronic file cabinet as a standard option. This new feature allows the user to attach electronic documents to purchase orders, invoices, employees and/or adjusting journal entries. Documents utilizing the *PDF, *Jpeg, Excel, Word or *RTF formats and any other PC oriented item can be matched with appropriate transaction and saved within the database for retrieval later.
Mt. Airy City schools converts from the legacy system (Version 5) to Version 6, adopting the newer technology of the Windows world along with the cloud based computing options with Microsoft SQL.

Education Management Systems announces new electronic document cabinet. Built into the LINQ Fund Manager and Payroll Modules, EMS continues to add features, providing the most integrated solutions on the market. Users can attach scanned documents, PDF, *JPEG, Microsoft Word documents, Excel spread sheets and many other Windows based items to purchase orders, invoices, employees, adjusting journal entries.

EMS passes NC DPI benchmark with the new Budget Builder Module. The module is designed to interface with the new BAAS or federal grants system at DPI. But, that?s not all Budget Builder was designed for, it capable for creating and managing budgets for any group of accounts or whole. Integrated with the payroll system, Budget Builder will allow the user to import current payroll information and apply anticipated salary increases, forecasting the district's funding needs. It can also handle multiple scenarios, with various salary increases, for different groups, while handling and calculating various employee benefits costs.
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