Franklin Regional officials narrow student-info software options to 2
After more than two years of frustration with glitchy software, Franklin Regional officials will be recommending a new student-information system next month.
District officials have been exploring replacing its SchoolMax Enterprise service since late summer. The online-based information system has been problematic for officials and parents, who have been unable to access or update information on and off since the system went in place.
“Members of that committee have been working diligently,” Superintendent Jamie Piraino said. “We're looking to find a system that meets the needs of Franklin Regional.”
The district has relied on a committee made up of teachers, parents, administrators and board members to determine which system will be most compatible for Franklin Regional, Piraino said.
The district reviewed seven systems and, by December, had whittled the list to three. That is down to two systems now, Bethlehem-based eSchool Plus and New York-based Power School.
“We're ready to go visit them and see how they do live,” Supervisor of Technology Brad Schrecengost said.
Officials visited Elizabeth Forward on Friday to see Power School in action and are slated to visit Greater Latrobe to review eSchool Plus this week.
The district switched to SchoolMax Enterprise in 2011 as one of two schools in the state to pilot the system at a discounted rate. Soon after implementation, officials began to struggle with the program, particularly when dealing with attendance, grading and scheduling programs.
Officials from Harris School Solutions, the Arizona-based company that produced the program, agreed that the system isn't a good fit for a district as small as Franklin Regional.
Piraino said he expects to have a recommendation next month.
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Franklin Regional parents no longer have to cite reasons to opt students out of lessons
- Franklin Regional’s summer sports camps approved
- Tabby stars in grand prize winner of Murrysville Photo Contest
- FR rowers find home at Steel City Rowing
- June summer camp to challenge FR students’ creativity
- PennDOT set to start Murrysville-area roadwork on Monday