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Thursday, October 05, 2006

School Board Open Thread

So we have had some discussion of the County Exec race responses to the Bloggers Candidates Forum questions on a previous open thread, but I was wondering what you thought of the School Board Candidates? I am planning to spend the next couple weeks covering the School Board race and candidates’ responses to certain questions, but first I want to hear what your thoughts are.

Here are the answers that candidates have sent us so far. What do you think of their answers?


Blogger Don said...

SIMS is once again out of control.

From the Howard Public Ed newslist.

-----Original Message-----
From: howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com [mailto:howardpubli ced@yahoogroups. com] On Behalf Of jeffdewber
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2006 12:28 PM
To: howardpubliced@ yahoogroups. com
Subject: [howardpubliced] SMS is out of Control

Interim Reports will be handed out today to all students. Because of
issues with the school system's computer program, the reports this
quarter will be hand written. We encourage you to review your
interims and contact their teacher's if you have concerns.

Johnnie Nussbaum

That just came from the Glenelg pta. This is unbelievable! This
software should have never been implemented when it did. I have a
background in Computers (Right now studying Computer Forensics) and
work for a company PT that does Bus routing and driver selection
software for some systems in Maryland like Harford County.The
following is the flaws I see..
1. $650,000 is way over priced for a piece of software that does not
2.There should have been a study on IT infastructure whether or not
HCPSS could handle.
3. The system can't do what it is suppose to which is track interim
grades for students and report card grades. Look @ above example.

The current board should be held accountable for this debacle.
-Jeff D.
www.zouforboe. org
Zou in 2006
Dyer in 2006

11:50 AM  
Blogger Don said...

and my comments about this..

Yes, I had heard a rumor about this last Tuesday night at the Mayfield
Woods Town Meeting. I didn't want to comment since I thought someone in
the system definitely should have by now. It is very odd that no one
in the system came forward with this information. The one story
that was relayed to me by a third party was that one teacher was
spending 10 minutes of every class period filling out report cards.

This is precisely the reason why we need Board of Education members
outside of the current system that will really represent the interests of
students, parents, teachers and the community.
Don Marston Jr.

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$650,000 is a bargain for software that doesn't work. I've seen some institutions pay tens of millions for software that doesn't work as spec'd. So, relatively speaking, the Board may have saved tens of millions.

1:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hand written report cards? Come on now. Howard County can do much better than that! Where are the parents that should raising cain about this? Are they so used to such stuff?

1:05 AM  
Anonymous allen dyer said...

I have scanned and posted the results of my Public Information Act (PIA) request for extensive information about ongoing problems with the Howard County Schools (HCPSS) Student Information Management System (SIMS) online. Anyone concerned about the ongoing problems with SIMS can view and download the 370+ pp. on my campaign web site:

At the index page, click on the red, white & blue “SIMS Documents” button at the right and middle of the page. Pages can be downloaded in 25 page bundles.

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