FBISD Wants More Money For Troublesome Financial Software Conversion
by Bob Dunn, Jan 14, 2008
The Fort Bend Independent School District Board of Trustees will consider spending another $150,000 for consultants to help with its star-crossed conversion to a PeopleSoft software system.
In material prepared for Monday night’s FBISD Board meeting, district administrators recommend designating $150,000 in the district’s unreserved fund balance to pay for “consulting assistance for refining additional PeopleSoft modules.” . . .
. . . FBISD Superintendent Timothy Jenney said in an October letter to district teachers that “monumental problems” with the PeopleSoft conversion were in part to blame for a series of paycheck and payroll errors that plagued the district last fall
He estimated in October that the full conversion to PeopleSoft will take another two years to complete.
The district likely had spent more than $5 million on that conversion by fall of 2007. FBISD trustees agreed in March 2006 to pay about $2.4 million for Oracle Corp.‘s PeopleSoft enterprise system software, and just over $2 million to eVerge Group of Dallas, to provide consulting on installation and implementation of the system. The district no longer is working with the Dallas consulting group.
“Since the date Everge exited the district, we have used consultants on an emergency basis only,” FBISD Chief Operating Officer Mike Seale said in material prepared for the board. “Unfortunately, that method of procurement is unnecessarily costly and inefficient.”
FBISD administrators have identified three placement firms to assist in finding consultants who can help complete the district’s PeopleSoft financial software conversion, Seale states in the board report. The administration is asking for $150,000 for those consultants.
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CLICK HERE FOR THE 2009 FBISD CONTROVERSIAL TAX HEARING (YES THEY ARE RAISING THEM AGAIN--see petition of over 500 district taxpayers asking for board accountability) --In case anyone missed it they raised the property tax rate again (4th time) in 2010 and more than likely will do so again in 2011 facing another projected 15-20 million dollar budget deficit, according to some media reports. ***NEW*** ..Petition TO STOP THE GSTC (Global Science Museum being planned at the district central office--near $30 million dollar project that superintendent Jenney is pushing): http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stopthegcst/ (see update below on this apparently ending this project after 2 years)