In 1982, CDK developed software to meet New Jersey state accounting requirements for a local school district. This was before DOS, before IBM PCs and before NJ GAAP accounting. The original CDK program worked on a CPM operating system computer with 64K of RAM, two 180K floppy drives and no hard drive. However, because of its simple data entry and accurate financial reporting, word spread, and soon we were serving other nearby districts. CDK’s low cost and ease of use made it a favorite of smaller districts.
When the mid-80’s brought the PC to prominence, CDK converted to PC/DOS. In 1993 we updated to meet the new NJ GAAP requirement and were the first software company to successfully pass the State’s beta test using their sample data. New Jersey school business administrators soon learned that they could count on CDK to keep abreast of changing state accounting procedures. As a result our customer base continued to grow, with word of mouth advertising alone, thanks also to our reputation for superior customer support.
Then in 1998 we unveiled CDK for Windows, a completely new version of CDK. Custom written exclusively for New Jersey schools, CDK for Windows is an effective solution for NJ accounting requirements. Large and small districts alike are now being served by all of CDK’s Windows-based software.
CDK added its first Budget Prep software in time for the 2001-02 budget preparation season. This product streamlines the budget development process, and allows users to import their final budgets into the CDK for Windows program. Detailed reports provide an excellent tool for working with the Board’s finance committee.
First introduced in 2002, CDK’s Personnel Management System is now being used in 70 NJ School Districts and Charter Schools throughout the State. Our Personnel System simplifies the tasks of updating employees’ demographic data, W-4 information, salaries and charged expense accounts, setting employees’ healthcare deductions, tracking employees’ leave usage and balances, the calculation of substitute pay and more. We make PL 2011, C78 calculations and all NJ SMART staff-related submissions easy.
In 2006, CDK released our Requisitioning Module featuring tailorable electronic routing and approvals, and full integration with CDK for Windows. The system provides an audit trail of approvals and the ability to attach backup documents to a requisition electronically so they can travel along with it to the business office. When a requisition is finally approved and converted to a purchase order, the requisition’s backup documents automatically become the purchase order’s backup documents.
Working closely with our users has enabled CDK to custom-tailor and maintain our software to meet the needs of New Jersey Schools. All of CDK’s products are routinely updated based upon information received from the NJ DOE and the requests of our users. CDK hosts annual in-person user meetings providing an excellent forum for our users to interact with one another, learn about system updates and provide CDK with feedback for future updates. Our online training resources continue this process throughout the year.
Our goal is to continue to provide superior software products and superior customer support to New Jersey’s school business offices.
President Emeritus and Founder of CDK Systems, Inc., Chick developed CDK’s DOS-based GAAP School Accounting System back in the 1980s. He managed the affairs of CDK until his retirement in 2017.
In addition to taking over the helm of CDK in 2017, Norman has been head of the Development Team since joining CDK in 1997. He is responsible for expanding CDK’s software line from the DOS-based accounting system, to the advanced suite of administrative applications offered today.
Former Board Secretary and current Treasurer for a number of Districts, Paula joined CDK in 1989 as our first Customer Support Representative. Paula has developed a network of professional contacts, both at the NJDOE and various auditing firms, and knows how to find the answers to difficult questions.
Before joining our team in 2004, Joe managed Telecommunications for the City of Waco, TX . He is dedicated to getting things done right, and serving our clients. He now manages our award winning Technical Support Team.
Matt has a degree in Computer Science and came to CDK from another technology company. He loves to work with people, and has a passion for problem solving.
Joe has a degree in Accounting and a desire to help our customers make the most of their software. His patience and good nature make him a favorite among our clients.
As a long-time member of the CDK family, Lori maintains our client contact list, sends out emails regarding updates and special events and works hard to keep our manuals up to date with our software.
The newest member of our Development Team, Jon has been working to increase the user-friendliness, and professional appearance of the next generation of CDK products and services.
As a member of the development team, Tim is involved in maintaining and updating the existing software, as well as planning and writing CDK’s next generation of programs.