2012-11-21 / Local & State

CF Debates Software Purchase

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

A new software system that would store all of Central Fulton School District’s information in one location, eliminate the need for duplicated, manual entry of student information and establish one online site for parents is up for consideration by the school board, which heard from its technology director last Tuesday on the pros and cons of the system offered by Skyward.

Jason Carbaugh informed the board of directors the district will have to consider replacing its existing student information system within the next year or two due to aging applications as well as lack of security and updates.

The district is currently paying $22,944.82 for a variety of systems that include School Book, Clear Track, MySchool and Food Service. A student management suite as well as a school business suite from Skyward would only cost $14,959. That price has been guaranteed for a three-year time frame and guarantees the district unlimited tech support and service.

However, the system is also accompanied by an expensive price tag for converting information and training staff. Those additional costs of $92,529 are currently being negotiated by Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11 as part of a consortium price with other interested schools.

Carbaugh noted at this time Skyward would allow the district to pay $23,000 by July 1, 2013, and a second payment of $70,000 the following year. Savings or gains in time as well as money could be realized through paperless student registration, electronic pay stubs and W2s, paperless free/reduced lunch applications, purchase cards, online lesson planning and curriculum mapping and paperless faculty requisitions. Additional savings could be incurred through attrition in the event a secretary retires in the future, Carbaugh said.

If the district intends to move forward with purchasing the Skyward modules, a letter of intent must be signed by the board in December. If a letter is signed and the board decides to pull out at a later date, the district would be responsible for paying an hourly rate for the time already invested by Skyward.

In other school matters, elementary Principal Alicia Mellott and facilities manager Brent Seville were appointed to serve on the Central

Fulton Educational Foundation. Mellott will also be representing the district on the Fulton County Center for Families’ board. Official board approval on the matter was recommended by the district’s insurance carrier.

Heidi Calhoun was placed on the 2012-13 extracurricular salary scale as an assistant cheerleading coach at a rate of $1,895. Meanwhile, a motion to add Robert Koontz to the scale as junior varsity baseball coach was tabled.

Teachers Ryan Tunkel and Bob Paruch were approved to take junior and senior students to Allegheny College of Maryland on November 9. The trip will be at no cost to the district.

Brittany Mitchell of Wells Tannery and Harrisonville resident Elaina Buterbaugh were added to the professional substitute list. The women’s clearances are in order.

A transportation contract with Snyder Bus Lines, LLC was amended to alter the daily rate retroactive to August 27. The rate dropped from $119.40 to $112.15 for Route #020.

The daily rate for #033 contracted to Lynn Reeder jumped from $ 156.55 to $194.19 retroactive to October

1. The increase was due to adding a student to the route who required transportation to Manito in Chambersburg.

In a follow-up motion, the same route was changed on October 8 to only receive $ 189.20 as a student no longer needed transportation to the Meadows in Chambersburg.

Lynn Reeder’s life skills van run #036 saw an increase in daily rate from $98.96 to $101.89 retroactive to October 8. The van was doing a double run, which increased the daily mileage.

Under an additional agenda item, the board unanimously instructed its solicitor to appeal litigation. No further information on the matter was available.

Under administrative reports, high school Principal Todd Beatty reported a former McConnellsburg High School student received his National Degree at the FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind., recently. As part of the convention festivities, high school student DeAnne Dickerson sang several times, including during the American Degree ceremony. Beatty noted the session was televised and attended by 12,000 individuals.

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