NEWS & EVENTS

Nautic Portfolio Company Source4Teachers Merges With ESS

PROVIDENCE, R.I.July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Nautic Partners, LLC (“Nautic”), a middle-market private equity firm that has managed over $4.2 billion of assets over its history, announced today that its portfolio company Source4Teachers, LLC (“S4T”), a national provider of managed services for K-12 school districts covering substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, and educational support staff, has merged with Education Solutions Services, LLC (“ESS”).

ESS was founded in 2016 by the same experienced management team that, in partnership with Nautic, built the highly successful education division of GCA, an outsourced provider of facilities services.  Under the leadership of Buddy Helton, the team grew GCA’s education business from a small start-up into a sophisticated enterprise with over $500 million in annual revenue, cultivating a reputation for putting the customer first and focusing relentlessly on quality of service.  As of Nautic’s sale of GCA to Blackstone in 2012, Helton’s unit served 165 K-12 districts and 55 colleges (and continued to expand thereafter), improving service levels dramatically while being highly economical for the customers, all of which culminated in an industry-leading customer retention rate of 98.5%.

As a combined company with ESS, S4T will serve nearly 300 districts across 10 states and employ approximately 40,000 educational professionals and 230 corporate staff members.  The two companies together filled over 1.2 million educator and support staff absences in school year 2016-17.

“ESS is thrilled to be joining forces with Source4Teachers and leading the next phase of the combined company’s growth,” stated Buddy Helton, who has assumed the role of CEO. “We have tremendous respect for what Kendley and the Source4Teachers team have accomplished over the past three years, nearly tripling the company’s revenue and district count while building top-flight systems, processes, and management talent that have dramatically increased the efficiency and quality with which S4T serves its clients.”

Kendley Davenport, former CEO, will remain in a senior leadership position and will continue to advance the growth of the company.

“The merger with ESS is one of the most exciting and significant steps that S4T has taken on its path to become the national leader in the educational human resources industry,” stated Davenport.  “Buddy and his team have an exemplary track record of success in the K-12 market and a deep-rooted philosophy that good businesses are founded on providing excellent service to customers.”

“The pairing of ESS’ extensive K-12 industry experience with the management systems and field support of S4T, the largest pure-play company in the industry, will be a winning combination.  We are now the optimal platform to deliver outstanding support to clients nationwide,” added Helton.  “We plan to expand our geographic footprint, make accretive acquisitions, and continue to deliver excellent, hands-on service to our district partners as the company continues on its rapid growth trajectory.”

About Nautic Partners
Nautic is a middle-market private equity firm that focuses on three industries: healthcare, industrial products, and outsourced services. Nautic has completed 130 platform transactions throughout its 30-year history.  Nautic’s strategy is to partner with management teams to accelerate the growth trajectory of its portfolio companies via add-on acquisitions, targeted operating initiatives, and increased management team depth. Nautic generally makes equity investments of $25 to $100 million. For more information, please visit www.nautic.com.

 

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Chronic Absenteeism Disrupts K-12 School Districts Nationwide

How critical are substitute/ guest teachers to our children’s education?  Consider these following two statistics:

  • 1 in 4 US Teachers are chronically absent, missing more than 10 days of school, and some missing far more than 10 days
  • Poor rural areas and in some major cities, chronic absenteeism among teachers exceeds 75%

That is why all substitute/ guest teachers are vital to the education of our children. However, it is costly and an extreme administrative burden for districts to recruit and hire substitute/ guest teachers. Daily many classes have no substitute/ guest teacher due to the inability of Districts to recruit and train qualified substitute/ guest teachers.

What are the challenges a school district faces when trying to attract substitute/ guest teachers?   Let’s consider two.

  • Substitute teachers must be supported daily and receive ongoing training, in order that students are academically challenged to accomplish high academic student outcomes.  It is through this support and ongoing training that substitute/ guest teachers remain engaged and in turn, engage students.
  • The administrative burden to a School District to successfully manage a substitute/ guest teacher program includes all aspects of recruiting, vetting, hiring, ongoing training, scheduling, managing, payroll and supervision.

An option many school districts have considered is the outsourcing of the entire substitute teacher program to a proven partner.

What are some of the results of working with a dedicated partner?

  • The District can refocus their limited resources on other key district objectives
  • Guaranteed results, higher substitute fill rates
  • The dedicated resource of an onsite manager to manage the substitute/guest teacher program
  • As related to substitute/ guest teachers, district departments such as Payroll and Human Resources will be able to redirect their time experience Substitute teachers that are qualified, constantly trained and are engaged

There are several companies that can provide school districts with a new perspective and competitive analysis, at no cost to the district.

One such company and partner is Education Solutions Services (ESS) whose motto reiterates the importance of having quality substitute teachers – “Every Day Counts”.

Substitute Teachers Oversee Five Solid Months in a Typical Student’s K-12 Education!

Substitute/ Guest teachers are critical in K-12 education. However, it is a costly and heavy administrative burden for districts to recruit and hire Substitute/ Guest Teachers. Every day many classes have no Substitute/ Guest Teacher due to the difficulty of recruiting and training qualified Substitute/ Guest Teachers.

To address this chronic issue, many school districts are attempting to develop and/or improve their Substitute/Guest Teacher programs using internal resources. Often, district resources of time and funding are limited, negatively impacting a comprehensive developed, implemented and monitored Substitute/ Guest Teacher program.

Consider some of these challenges district face when implementing and managing a Substitute / Guest Teacher program:

  • What is the plan to hire, engage and reward Substitute/ Guest Teachers?
  • What is an effective communication plan between school/ principal/ Guest Teacher?
  • Where to get the additional funding and resources to provide consistent ongoing skills training?
  • What is the appropriate incentive/ rewards program for substitute/ guests teachers?
  • How does the district provide appropriate compliance monitoring/ tracking and support to Substitute/Guest Teachers?

An option many school districts have considered is the outsourcing of the entire Substitute / Guest Teacher program to a proven partner.

What are some of the results of working with a dedicated partner?

  • The district can refocus their limited resources on other key district objectives
  • Guaranteed results, higher substitute fill rates with engaged teachers
  • Implementation of an effective communication and management plan
  • The dedicated resource of an onsite manager to manage the Substitute/Guest Teacher program
  • Improved collaboration between the Substitute / Guest Teacher program and the schools
  • As related to Substitute/ Guest Teachers, district departments such as Payroll, Human Resources and Risk Management/ Liability/ Benefits will be able to redirect their time
  • Experienced Substitute / Guest Teachers that are qualified, constantly trained and are engaged
  • ACA compliance and workmen’s compensation/ liability shift from the district to the partner

There are several companies that can provide school districts with a new perspective and competitive analysis, at no cost to the district.

One such company and partner is Education Solutions Services (ESS) whose motto reiterates the importance of having quality substitute teachers – “Every Day Counts”.

References

 

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Nidds, J. A. & McGerald, J. (1994). Substitute teachers: seeking meaningful instruction in the teacher’ sabsence. Clearinghouse, 68(1), 25-26.

Ostapczuk, E. D. (1994). What makes effective secondary

ReferencesAbdal-Haqq, I. (1996). Making time for teacher professional development. ERIC Digest 95-4.Billman, L. W. (1994). Keep subs afloat. Executive Educator, 16(10), 29-31.

A Few Facts About Substitute Teaching

SUBS THAT PLAN TO STAY IN EDUCATION

82%

PERCENTAGE OF SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS WHO WORK AT LEAST TWO YEARS

70%

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS THAT HAVE A PERMANENT TEACHING LICENSE

40%

PERCENTAGES OF SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS THAT HAVE A BACHELOR’S DEGREE OR HIGHER

75%

(The above had bar graphs with them originally to show percentage out of 100 but it did not transfer when I copied)

  • Students end up spending one full year of their K-12 education with a substitute teacher.
  • The #1 request by substitute teachers is training in how to successfully manage inappropriate behavior situations.
  • The #1 request by permanent teachers and school administrators request that substitute teachers conduct themselves as professional.
  • The #1 request by students is that substitute teachers present stimulating lessons and exciting fill-in activities.
  • The #1 reason substitute teachers love their job is flexibility. The #2 reason is they like working with students.
  • The number one reason people like to substitute teach is the flexibility. The second reason is they like working with students.

STEDI.org/resources/becoming a substitute teacher

Professionally Related Absences: Incidence, Causes & Key Findings for School Districts

The report referenced and included in this document, is based on three years of recent data from more than 4,500 K-12 organizations and 2.6 million employees.  Frontline has developed the report and data, utilizing Frontline’s Aesop absence and substitute management system.  This report focuses on the incidence and impact of those absences. The report also reviews the level of collaboration across departments around managing absences. Key findings:

  • Professional development days are typically planned in advance, yet 31% of teachers report the need for a substitute within 4 days or less of event, resulting in decreased fill rates.
  • As absence lead time shortens, fill rates (the ability to find a substitute/ guest teacher) steadily decline.
  • To Increase substitute/ guest teacher fill rates for teacher absences, one of the requirements is a strong need for dedicated onsite managers to collaborate with HR early in the planning/understanding of these professional development days.
  • 1 in 5 teacher absences were due to professional development requirements. More than half of those absences (and 10% of all absences) are solely for professional development.
  • 40% of school district personnel say that collaboration between the District Human Resources and Curriculum and Instruction departments is rare or non-existent when it comes to managing professionally related absences.

With limited District resources of both funding and time, how does a school district address these concerns and develop/implement a substitute/ guest teacher program that provides:

  • Operational excellence?
  • Guaranteed results, increased daily fill rates?
  • A pool of qualified engaged substitute/ guest teachers?
  • Dedicated onsite support and proven resources/systems?
  • The District with the ability to refocus their limited resources on other key district objectives?
  • A cost-effective substitute teacher/guest program?

Nationally, an option many school districts have considered is to outsource their entire substitute teacher program to a proven partner.

Education Services Solutions (ESS) is an industry pioneer national provider of qualified substitute teachers and administrative personnel in the education market, helping school districts focus their time, resources, and skills on their core objective: providing a quality education to every student, every day.  It’s all we do! ESS is a partner and authorized user of Frontline’s suite of K-12 IT technologies.

If your District is considering outsourcing options, ESS , at no cost to the District, provides a  cost effective analysis and program review of your current substitute/ guest teacher program for your consideration and our discussion.

There’s no Substitute for You

To welcome transitioning Substitutes (Guest Teachers) from Wilson County Schools, ESS served up a welcome cake with red hots flavored spiced punch at a Meet ‘N Greet.

Nobody likes change, so ESS wanted to set a welcoming tone for their transitioning Guest Teachers. In addition to the festive food, ESS answered questions about how to apply, and what to expect at the ESS Orientation. The local onsite team was on hand to begin building the relationship with their future substitute workforce. 4 sessions were planned at various high schools in the school district to make the meeting as convenient as possible for the transitioning substitutes.

ESS believes “Every Day Counts” and that is certainly the case for first impressions as well.

We are looking forward to a great partnership with Wilson County Schools,Tennessee.