Software trouble affects schools

Michael Tortorich

DONALDSONVILLE – The Ascension Parish School Board discussed possible solutions Tuesday for the student information software that has not worked properly since the new school year started.

Parents have been unable to access students’ grades through Edline, software that allows parents to obtain information on their children.

The district has been working with the owners of the software to resolve the problem.

Superintendent Donald Songy said the software still provides some information to parents, but “the beauty of it was grade access.”

“This is something nobody is happy with,” Songy said of the software’s limited functioning.

Another option is to abandon Edline and use another student information system, PowerSchool, he added.

Jake Ragusa, director of school information systems and technology, has been working with Edline in an attempt to fix the issues.

Ragusa said Edline has missed its deadlines and projections. He said he will continue to pressure Edline until the software functions properly.

The software has not worked correctly since parish public schools opened to students Aug. 12.

In another matter, the school system will install 21 new computer labs and 18 new mobile computer labs.

The addition will add 1,400 new computers to schools throughout the parish.

In other news, the board approved a right-of-way and servitude agreement with Ascension Consolidated Utility District No. 1 at Lowery Intermediate School in Donaldsonville.

The agreement allows the utility district to link part of the water line.