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North Carolina company acquires fast-growing school automation firm

Brian Hartz

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Script founders Aaron White and Patrick Cahill. Courtesy photo.

Script, a Tampa company that created a workflow automation solution that helps school administrators digitize paperwork and automate processes, has been acquired by Wilmington, N.C.-based LINQ Inc.

LINQ, which has been in business for 30 years, bills itself as one of the country’s leading K-12 technology companies. According to a news release, the Script acquisition is part of a strategy to grow its portfolio of products that ease the operational burdens faced by state governments and school administrators. Its mission, stated in the release, is to make schools stronger starting with back-office enhancements such as streamlining enrollment processes, improving school districts’ financial clarity and maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations.

Daniel D. Grecco II, the CEO and managing partner of Ark Applications, a Lutz-based company that has invested in Script, praised the move in a prepared statement.

“Script’s mission has always been to continually improve K-12 education through technology by automating processes to empower educators to continue delivering high quality educational services to students,” Grecco said. “The overall future success of the educational technology industry is going to continue to rely on competitiveness, innovation, skills and productivity and we are truly excited for the next step in Script’s evolution as part of LINQ.”

Script was established in 2016. and just a few years later had about 400 schools using its services.

“Our team has worked in schools for several years before starting Script, so we personally understood the need for a product like ours,” Script co-founder and CEO Aaron White stated in a news release.

In 2014, White was part of a team that worked with Florida State Sen. John Legg to organize and facilitate the Florida Digital Classroom Initiative at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. He also helped pioneer digital content delivery by managing the first iSchool Campus in Florida, overseeing a $500,000 deployment.

Such experiences inspired White and co-founder Patrick Cahill to create products that resonate with school administrators. In addition to workflow automation, Script’s platform also digitizes forms, approvals, payment processing and notifications. Schools, the release stated, have found these features to be invaluable in helping them function more efficiently.

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