"But Sherri Bealkowski, the district's interim chief information officer, suggested there may be a silver lining: There's now a detailed plan to fix the problem -- and money set aside in the district's capital budget to pay for it."
I'd like to see where in the capital budget this is coming from. I had pointed out to COO Don Kennedy that if money hadn't been taken from the BEX III Tech fund for Sealth it could have gone for this effort. Apparently, they are going to not do yet another project on the tech list and move the money to this plan.
"But because of the complexity of the current school-choice system and the limitations of the computer system, any changes will be delayed until the 2010-11 school year.
"We're going to have to build a custom application for this, and that's going to take awhile," Bealkowski said.
If the district were to adopt a simpler assignment plan, it might be able to use off-the-shelf software instead of having to create its own, Bealkowski said."I'm assuming they mean that they will implement the plan in the spring of 2011 for the school year 2011-2012. That's how I read it but I'll have to ask someone in the district.
I think whatever choice/neighborhood hybrid they come up with would likely need custom software but such a plan will still save money on transportation.