SPS Communications explained this about the technology issues on the first day of school:
needed to make the switch from our old computer system to Power Schools
as the old system was failing. It began failing more quickly than we
anticipated, so what was supposed to be an 18-month transition was
compressed into six months. Our Department of Technology staff has been
working around the clock all summer to get this done.
transition to Power Schools on Aug. 26, two weeks later than initially
planned due to some technical issues with the transfer. What this meant
was, when staff came back to their schools in August, they had very
little time for training. We are still trying to pinpoint the reasons
for the problems people are having, but some appears to be a result of
people not being familiar with the system. There are also more technical
issues involved as well – for example, our Dept. of Technology staff
have run numerous tests showing that students names that aren’t showing
up in an individual school’s system are showing up in the centralized
system – and no one knows yet why that is.
Second, we have had
longer lines than usual this week at the John Stanford Center for those
families wanting to enroll their children. We can attribute some of this
to increased enrollment – simply more bodies showing up right before
school starts – but there are also more people because some parents are
trying to resolve the problems they are experiencing at their child’s
own school by coming to the district offices.
(The growth was noted at the Board meeting as a parent from K-5 STEM told the Board that they have a waitlist of 61 students, 36 of whom are kindergarteners. As she mentioned, that's more than a whole class itself. ( I also note that one of the members of the Schmitz family, Vicki, told the Board that their family did give the district the land to be used for an neighborhood elementary school. She supports K-5 STEM staying at Boren. I think the idea of moving K-5 STEM to Schmitz Park is slowly changing. Will it stay at Boren? That remains to be seen.)
to note, the head of Technology told me that schools requested that The
Source not be available during the summer until the first day of school.