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District considers software updates

October 31, 2006

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Soon it will be easy for parents, teachers and administrator to get information about students on the Web - from grades to whether they made it to class last hour.

That's what Lawrence's school board was told Monday night during a presentation on new computer software being recommended by district administrators.

The board heard a two-hour presentation about Skyward, a student information management software tool that would include parent and teacher access from any computer on the Web.

Mike Eltschinger, director of information technology, said after the meeting that the board would be asked at its Nov. 13 meeting to buy Skyward for about $472,070.

The board also will be asked to approve a NutriKids software system to update its decade-old food service software for $102,170.

Eltschinger said he hoped the student information system could be in place by January.

That would enable students who are in the sixth grade now to be able to enter their requests for seventh-grade class schedules online for the next school year, Eltschinger said.

"The real benefit is for parents and families," Eltschinger said.

Parents will be able to go online and check grades and whether their student made it to class, he said.

Teachers will be able to fill out their gradebooks and update their lesson plans online anywhere they can get Internet access, he said.

Paula Murrish, the district's food services director, said the new NutriKids system would include a family account system for families with children in different schools.

Murrish also said the district would like to include an alternate identification system, such as a "biometric" scanner or a personal identification number with a photo for students who lose their ID cards.

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