Friday, October 15, 1999
CSC hears Y2K effect on school payroll and technology systems
General discussion at the October 5 Carlisle School Committee meeting touched on such issues as to whether the school was ready for the millennium and Y2K. Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson said the school intends to operate without interruption. "We are not so sophisticated. There should be no disruptions."
This led into a discussion about the town's and school's payroll system. Currently, the school's payroll is dependent upon the town Ceridian Payroll system and some of the town's payroll is done by hand. A payroll task force has been set up to recommend action on linking a payroll system for all the town departments. A Munis System upgrade has been purchased.
Business manager Eileen Riley said it is not the school's role to make the decision on what system the town should use. "The school is just a consumer." CSC member Harry Crowther commented. He added that the school is in the odd position of having the largest number of town employees and that there seems "to be lots of good faith" operating in the system.
Riley commented that the records of sick days and vacation schedules for the teachers and school employees are held by the town. She said, "I would prefer to have this information stay on my computer." Riley also needs to have a system which is compliant with the one used by the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement Board and accommodates pension records, withholding taxes and retirement plans. "There are security issues," Chair David Dockterman said. "It is great to have a town-wide system that everybody can use. The old system is ripe for confusion."
The meeting concluded and CSC members formed a committee to plan the yearly education forum program which will focus on civility this year.
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