When information systems personnel in the Wichita Public Schools realized they were operating on a mainframe computer that would shut down after Dec. 31, 1999, they were faced with a decision familiar to many districts: Should they replace their mainframe system or make the transition to a new client/server system with new software?

"We had alternatives to client/server networking, but none were very palatable, given the time we had," said Ron Kletchka, a member of the district's information systems department. "It has turned out to be a pretty good fit. We accomplished a lot in a very short time,

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