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SMS Update

Posted by David Keelan on Monday, December 11, 2006

I have written about this extensively.

The Baltimore Examiner reports that the Howard County Public School System has established a Technical Advisory Committee to address this and future technology needs for our schools.

Article here.

It is about time.

The implementation of the SMS upgrade has been problematic (I am being generous).  The school system did not do an adequate job of investigating the system as many many other school districts experienced the exact same problems as Howard County.  One could read the press reports from other communities and think they were reading about local coverage of our own problems.

The school system was trying to save money by avoiding a forklift upgrade of the entire system, but it backfired.  A+ for initiative.  F for implementation and due diligence.

I certainly hope that the administration will be forthcoming with the new advisory committee.

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6 Responses to “SMS Update”

  1. As an apparently interim solution – grades are currently being processed via a “locally designed program” — and the parts of the sms program which seem to function adequately are running those functions.

    Riddle me this…. if a “locally designed program” is currently “working”, are “we” still going to try to fix sms? and…if such local talent existed – why didn’t we use it to begin with?

    Cindy V

  2. Di Zou said

    I think we need to scrap SMS completely and start over.

  3. Di Zou said

    There was a management and performance review done in October 2001 by WCL Enterprises. One of the things that was reviewed was technology in the school system. It found that HCPSS was majorly lacking in many areas of technology. What I wonder is if any of this was corrected. It also recommended SMS to be adopted because it was the cheapest contract available. The original estimate for it was $83,000 for implementation, training, and one year’s use. SMS has ballooned to over $800,000. We should have stopped with the software much earlier. Hopefully the tech committee can make some good recommendations that the board will follow.

  4. Jeff said

    Anybody know who is on the Tech Commitee already? I have called and have been trying to get on but no one is returning my calls or emails

  5. I believe Roger Lerner is on the Tech Committee. I could be wrong. Try Diane Mikulis on the BoE or call your county council person

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