Coast Mountains School District looks to upgrade computer systems

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Coast Mountains School District 82 intends to modernize its School Data System at a cost of nearly half a million dollars.

At its Oct. 28 regular meeting, the school board authorized a letter of intent to upgrade its financial, purchasing, human resources and payroll functions.

For the past 20 years, the school district has been managing those functions with Canadian software company Cayenta. The current system has been using the development language 4GL since the 1980s and is planning to modernize if it can get a commitment from a “critical mass” of customers by the end of the year.

A $225,000 deposit is due up front, and the total cost of the upgrade is $450,000, which the district calls “extremely reasonable.” The district will be refunded its deposit if Cayenta does not have enough customers sign up.

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Ben Bogstie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Interior News