News: Frontline Technologies Acquired CRS Advanced Technology
Early in 2015, CRS Advanced Technology, the creator of SubFinder, was acquired by Frontline Technologies. Frontline Technologies is a provider of HR software for K-12 school districts, and has branched out into also offering a time and attendance system, applicant tracking system, and professional growth software. However, they are known best for their absence management and substitute placement system, Aesop, which they launched in 1998 and now serves approximately 5,000 school districts.. Aesop and SubFinder were in direct competition, which led to the acquisition.
The Malvern, PA-based company will be turning the SubFinder system off in the summer of 2016. As such, districts that were previously using SubFinder have two possible options: they must either find a new substitute placement system, or migrate to the Aesop system. Many of the SubFinder districts have already migrated at this point, and those that have not yet switched over must begin the migration process by the beginning of April at the latest.
For substitutes, this means that they will need to gain familiarity with the Aesop system. Districts will be providing all of their substitutes with training materials after the implementation is underway. The transition can go much smoother, however, if substitutes proactively contact their district and ensure that all of their contact information is updated and accurate in the district's current system. That way, they know that the data will transfer over correctly and no job opportunities will be lost.
Substitutes will not notice much of a change, as both systems operate under the same principles. The biggest changes will be in features. For example, teachers can no longer choose a specific substitute when entering an absence. Instead, they can create a "Favorite Five" list so that up to five preferred substitutes which are given the first opportunity to accept the open job.