The North East School Division (NESD) board has approved $110,000 for computer software replacement and upgrades for the division’s financial, human resources and payroll departments.
In the 2020-21 budget, the board approved $330,000 for the technology upgrade, but due to the installation being delayed to the 2021-22 fiscal year administration required a new board motion.
Financial services is planned to have the software implemented by the fiscal year end of Aug. 31, while payroll and human resource departments are expected to complete in November.
Sparkrock was chosen as the software the division would implement, with it being initially set for installation in July 2021.
“It’s a big piece of software to replace software that we had in place since 2006,” said Don Rempel, NESD’s director of education. “You get to the point where the updates are almost just as expensive as an improved software piece.”
In a report to the board, administration attributed the delay to the “aggressive” timeframes, Sparkrock changing project managers twice, and Sparkrock being unfamiliar with online rather than in-person Key User Training and more time was needed than expected because of it.
The actual cost of the software implementation is expected to be approximately $250,000.
Jessica R. Durling, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Humboldt Journal