Statement by Superintendent Desmond Blackburn on Software Investigation

Statement by Superintendent Desmond Blackburn on Software Investigation
March 15, 2017

 

Contact: Matt Reed PIO/Assistant superintendent – (321) 591-6943

reed.matthew@brevardschools.org

 

Statement by Superintendent Desmond Blackburn on Software Investigation

 

Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey has announced that an investigation into a multi-million-dollar software purchase by the school district in 2013 found no evidence of criminal activity. Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Desmond Blackburn issued these remarks:

 

“Although the sheriff’s investigation did not lead to arrests, it did confirm weaknesses in the process that new leadership discovered and has worked to correct for major purchases.”

 

“Today, staff at BPS remains frustrated with the business software, which has failed to adequately run district financial services, accounting and human resources.  We believe some at BPS were too trusting and too hasty in agreeing to spend millions of dollars on an unproven product from a vendor, which has since been acquired by Harris School Solutions.”

 

“That’s why we are pursuing a settlement agreement with Harris that would return value to taxpayers through a combination of money and maintenance of our older, still-functioning computer system.”

“And it’s why I have taken several important steps internally to ensure that we make smarter decisions on behalf our stakeholders. Those steps include subjecting more major purchases to more scrutiny by managers from multiple disciplines before taking them to the school board. Steps also include sending more proposed contracts to be carefully reviewed by a BPS attorney.”

 

“I thank our staff for their patience and loyalty.  We pledge to continue to serve Brevard County families with excellence and integrity.”

 

 

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