The sun-sentinel has written recently written some good in depth stories about transportation, and lack of leader ship within Broward County schools. The story Titled “Broward schools bungled bus ridership figures, audits show” by Megan O’Matz is a good lead into the next issues that need to be addressed at the School Board. Data is being stored in seperate silos.
Michael Marchetti brought this up to the Facilities Task Force numerous times and to board members and has been telling this to death ears for years. Marchetti is a maintenance supervisor and has been fighting waste and corruption for about 14 years. He exposed, unnecessary and troubled maintenance building project that was killed before $5 million went out the window. His work helped guide the statewide grand jury and the FBI recently gave him a civilian award for his extraordinary public service.
His focus was in the flaws in Facilities and maintenance. The issue he brings up is board wide. We have spent 100’s of millions on different computer systems that do not share information with each other. He has stated the data is everywhere in separate silos and duplicated. Examples he has given were in air conditioning where different departments have to have yearly in person meetings to determine what maintenance was performed on air conditioning units since this information is in different silos. What Mr. Marchetti means is that Broward County has all these separate computer systems that are dysfunctional.
The example in transportation is, in a properly designed computer system there would be one centralized database. Our computer system is not. A properly designed and implemented computer system would mean transportation would be immediately aware when a student drops of out a school.
The database which keeps track of students at schools is a separate database from transportation. The transportation database does not know when a student leaves a school, it relies on manual process’s, similar manual process’s Mr. Marchetti has been mentioning for years in Facilities. The database containing the students and schools is aware the student left, but the transportation software is not made aware of this without some manual process’s. We have all these different databases that do not talk with each other. The board has spent millions in the past several years ago, again like the GPS the system was never fully implemented. We spent money on automation yet have little to show for.
Mr. Runcie did move forward in the right direction by hiring a Chief Information Officer, but we have not seen much progress.
Krono’s may have been implemented in transportation, but has still not been implemented in other departments, still manually entering people’s time sheets.