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By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Franklin Regional students won't know their fall schedules until mid-August, school officials said.

The district is transitioning to a new student-information system this summer, which has delayed the completion of schedules for high school and middle school students.

“We took requests from students using Google forms, but we're hoping to run the scheduling feature on the software next month,” Assistant Superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac said. “Our hope is to have schedules ready in mid-August.”

District officials agreed to swap systems to eSchool Plus in March, but officials had to delay training because of other issues in the district. Scheduling was a problem when the district transitioned to its last software system in 2011. Many high school students didn't receive schedules until less than a week before classes started. Reljac said officials don't want to see that happen again.

Officials abandoned the district's other system after software developers said the program wouldn't work for a school district of Franklin Regional's small size. The district will pay about $227,000 during the next three school years for eSchool Plus, which includes a grade book, parent portal, lesson-planning software and data-analysis programs.

“It's going very well, considering we're two months behind,” Reljac said. “It seems to me that this system provides rather user-friendly access to information.”

The program has several features that will be new to Franklin Regional parents. Students in grades four through 12 will be able to receive online report cards, Reljac said, in addition to the paper ones sent home. But not all of the amenities in the program will be “live” when school starts at the end of August.

“With any new system, there are glitches and hiccups along the way,” Reljac said. “We hope to have the system up and running in phases, as those glitches are worked out.”

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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