December 20th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

Board moves toward meeting information system mandate

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While still unsure exactly how it will be paid for, the Carter County Board of Education took its first step toward implementing a new student information system at its monthly meeting on Thursday.

Photo by Danny Davis Unaka High School students participating in Betsy Oliver’s Stars After School program at Unaka sang three Christmas carols to the Carter County School Board and wished them a Merry Christmas on Thursday.

Photo by Danny Davis
Unaka High School students participating in Betsy Oliver’s Stars After School program at Unaka sang three Christmas carols to the Carter County School Board and wished them a Merry Christmas on Thursday.

A mandatory switch to one of five state-recommended information systems was discussed in-depth at the school board workshop meeting held on Monday, Dec. 9.

It was during the workshop that Ken Thomas, student information processor, explained that at the state level in 2004, legislation was passed in order to have all school systems operating on the same platform. However, now there is a change in the state mandate.

Based on this information, the board moved to pursue a contract with Skyward, which is one of the recommended systems that must be in place by July 1.

However, the school system’s method of payment has not been finalized yet.

“We need to go ahead and agree to purchase it before we can figure out how to pay for it,” said Carter County Finance Director Ingrid Deloach.

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