The South-Western City School District is moving forward with a contract for an online student information system, which will have an annual cost of $1.77 more per student than the existing system.

The South-Western City School District is moving forward with a contract for an online student information system, which will have an annual cost of $1.77 more per student than the existing system.

SWCS is switching from eSIS to Infinite Campus as the web-based company providing the service.

Both systems allow access by students and parents from their homes.

"I think it's a great value for the dollar," Bryan Mulvany, district executive director, management information services told ThisWeek.

The district will pay $95,200 to implement Infinite Campus. The system will probably be in place by July 2012 for the 2012-2013 school year.

Servers running Infinite Campus will be housed in the district's data center at the District Service Center, 3805 Marlene Drive.

During the Aug. 22 school board meeting, Mulvany told board members about the selection process.

A committee of about 60 individuals from various departments within the district evaluated three information systems.

Mulvany said Infinite Campus strongly aligned with the district's strategic plan by offering personal learning plans for students, along with student and parent access to learning materials. The information system's package also allows for individualized education plans for special needs students.

The district also looked at Pearson PowerSchool, which did not meet requirements in a number of key areas, Mulvany told ThisWeek.

A third package, eSchool Plus, would have had first-year costs of about $704,218, including initial licensing fees and charges associated with implementing the system.

Beginning in the second year, eSchool Plus would have cost about $7.47 a year per student.

Despite the cost difference, Mulvany said eSchool Plus didn't offer the many additional "value-added" services included with Infinite Campus, such as hardware and system sizing, configuration, optimization, system hardware, third-party software licensing, future system upgrade installation, future hardware refreshes and nightly disaster recovery database copy to a remote location.

Infinite Campus also would set up and maintain a copy of the district's production database that it could use for testing and training purposes.

Superintendent Bill Wise told ThisWeek the district is "truly impressed with the increased functionality" of Infinite Campus.

During the board meeting, Carl Metzger, assistant superintendent of personnel, informed the board of staffing changes for the school year.

The district hired 12 individuals in administrative positions. Of that 12, five were hired from outside the district, five moved from other internal administrative positions and two were teachers within the district.

The district hired 77 certificated staff members to replace those teachers who retired or resigned.

About 19 changes were in the classified ranks, and 14.5 positions still need to be filled.

The hirings are consistent with past numbers, Metzger told The Record. Enrollment figures will determine any final staffing adjustments. Hiring won't be complete until September.

The district has nearly 2,500 full- and part-time workers.