LCUSD Finds the Support and Family Feel from Helios Ed Incredible

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Fullerton Joint Union High School District (FJUHSD) is located in Fullerton, Orange County, Southern California. FJUHSD serves around 14,000 Grades 9-12 students in a fifty-square-mile area. This includes six comprehensive high schools, one continuation high school, and one alternative high school. The District serves a varied socioeconomic population of families, and is enjoyed by parent organizations, the local business community, and supportive higher education institutions. Their mission is to provide quality curriculum and instruction through a wide range of academic, co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities by which all students may discover their interests and talents, form connections, and move from passive to active participants in the educational community in preparation for responsible, productive adulthood.

La Cañada Unified School District (LCUSD) encompasses the attractive residential community of La Cañada Flintridge, thirteen miles north of the Los Angeles Civic Center in a picturesque section of the foothills below Angeles National Forest. LCUSD is a high achieving K-12 district characterized as forward-looking, involved, and supportive. The district operates three elementary schools, a middle school, and a comprehensive high school. La Cañada Unified School District has over 500 employees.


Life before Helios required a lot of hand holding and the processes were cumbersome for onboarding staff as well as handling requests from district employees. With the help of Helios, LCUSD can respond to requests more efficiently and onboard new employees faster than ever before. According to Debra Cradduck, Chief Human Resource Officer, their response time to district employees has decreased significantly.

The Helios Solution for LCUSD

La Cañada Unified School District uses Helios for Credential Tracking, Onboarding, Workflows, Document management, Reports, Employee Portal, Assignment Monitoring, Automatic Reminders and Notifications.

Using Helios has been a great time saver for LCUSD. By onboarding new employees quicker, the team can focus on other tasks that they wouldn’t necessarily have time for during the day. With the Helios Employee Portal, district employees can add documents to their e-profiles freeing up time for personnel to focus on additional projects. LCUSD has saved approximately 402 hours during the previous school year.

Debra enjoys looking at her annual savings report and says that “what that actually translates to for us is many weeks saved in terms of what our staff is able to do now that Helios has automated quite a bit of the workload for us.”

Why LCUSD Chose Helios

Being a district that was new to Helios, Debra was very impressed with the level of support that the Helios team provided to her staff.

After reviewing all the different capabilities of Helios with the HR team, the Helios Ed team met with the team at LCUSD to determine if it was a match for the district’s needs. Debra appreciated that the Partnership Success team even took the time to review each of their current systems and discuss how Helios could interface with them. After deciding on solutions, Helios was tailored for LCUSD.

Easy to Use and Support with Setup Process

Debra says the implementation of Helios “was a really great process as we transitioned into Helios, and I was very pleased at the level of support and customization.”

“Helios has been fairly intuitive,” says Debra. The Helios modules have been very easy to learn, and staff has easily been able to access and utilize the system to streamline their processes.

By using Helios, the HR team at LCUSD have reallocated their efforts where they are seeing even greater returns for their investment. They feel that having the support and family feel from Helios Ed is incredible. They encourage anyone that is considering using Helios to “reach out and ask questions because the team is very approachable and customer friendly.”

Debra Cradduck is happy to speak with any school or district wanting to save time and cost by implementing Helios.