After software issues, BCSD rolls out new system to track tax dollars

Berkeley County News

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The Berkeley County School Board is preparing to discuss a new software system designed to make it easier to let you see how your tax dollars are being spent.

It comes after an issue with the software led to a delay in this month’s transparency report.

The district already uses other computer programs to track their money. Back in October, under the direction of the school board, they began to implement one program district-wide, the Munis program.

Munis would allow them to pull financial reports from one central system. The district says problems with the software caused a delay in getting this month’s transparency report online.

A quick Google search on the company that provides the Munis technology software shows that many other government agencies have had software problems with them in the past.

Berkeley County’s report is online now. It shows all school district expenditures greater than $100. District officials say the computer glitch was very frustrating and time-consuming since numbers had to be manually added.

“The undertaking that this was when you come up against a software implementation issue, and the fact they were able to push through it and still produce the reports and they’re working diligently toward year-end,” said BCSD spokeswoman, Katie Tanner. “The fact that this board is committed to ensuring that the public is aware of what is happening here and that we make reports available as soon as we physically can make those reports available.

The Berkeley County School Board is expected to address this issue and take some action on this issue at Tuesday night’s meeting. The official full board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

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