Franklin Regional school board agrees to use eSchool Plus
Franklin Regional is taking another nod from Greater Latrobe School District — but this time, it's for its student-information system.
The school board on Monday agreed to swap student-information systems and begin using eSchool Plus. District officials visited Greater Latrobe last month to check out the system.
“I'm thinking everyone is going to be very happy,” said Superintendent Jamie Piraino, who worked on the system during his time at Greater Latrobe. “Every system has its glitches, but everyone is going to see significant improvements.”
At the start of the school year, officials decided to abandon SchoolMax Enterprise software — which still is in use — after several major problems arose. Officials from Harris School Solutions said the program was not suitable for a district as small as Franklin Regional.
Scheduling has been particularly problematic in the current program. Assistant Superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac said there are multiple scenarios for fall scheduling, which might be done manually to avoid using the current program.
Piraino called the new program a “more robust” application.
The district will pay about $227,000 during the next three school years for the program, which includes a gradebook, a parent portal, lesson-planning software and data-analysis programs.
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