School board member frustrated with student information system

December 12, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — When expressing frustration with its new student information system, the Waynesboro Area School Board said last week it plans to speak to the system's manufacturer about fixing the problems or canceling the contract.

"We need to get results, or we need to move in a new direction," school board member Firmadge Crutchfield said Dec. 6.

Crutchfield asked if fellow board members would support him talking with the manufacturer of SchoolMAX Enterprise. He said he's already met Waynesboro Superintendent James Robertson and its assistant superintendent, technology director and middle school principal.

Although school officials do like the report cards function, they are unhappy with the grade book, attendance and discipline tracking functions, according to Crutchfield.

The district has paid $11,000 to date for the system that was unveiled for the 2011-12 academic year, Crutchfield said.

"This is fundamental to what we do in the administration" of this school district, Crutchfield said.

Schools cannot use the system effectively, he said.

Roger Lange, supervisor of technology, said the SchoolMAX Enterprise technology is one of two major computer systems in the district. It manages information about students and teachers.

"We track attendance, grades. We track all kinds of information for state reporting," Lange said in a phone interview.

A family portal that allows parents to access parts of the system has not been activated, he said.

The school board meets at 7 tonight in the district administration building at 210 Clayton Ave.

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