Centerpoint: The School Tool of the 21st Century

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It's being dubbed the school tool of the 21st century. The student management system called Centerpoint and Bath Community Schools is the first district in Mid-Michigan to use it.

It's completely web based. Using a user name and password, parents, teachers and even students can log on anytime they please. Teachers can adjust grades and post classroom announcements and assignments while parents can check their child's grades and attendance.

The system, which was just made available this year, cost around $30,000. It's being paid for by special funding and a school improvement bond passed last summer.

Eighteen districts in Michigan have signed on to Centerpoint. Bath Community Schools is the only one in mid-Michigan that's currently using it, but East Lansing is in the process of setting it up for the start of the school year.