Miami-Dade School Board fires software consulting company

The Miami-Dade School Board voted unanimously on Jan. 14 to fire Deloitte Consulting, the firm it hired to oversee the installation of new technology to deal with payroll, employees, and finance systems, reports the Miami Herald. The district will now adopt its own plan to keep the $85.4 million project going. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho stressed that the change would not cost the district any additional money. ‘This allows us to contain the cost, assure control of the timeline, and guarantee the pace,’ Carvalho told the Herald. ‘Now, we can be reasonably confident that we can see the project through to completion.’ The project, called Business Operating Solutions for Schools, or BOSS, will streamline the district’s payroll, human resources, and finance systems. So far, the district has invested about $52 million into the project. But a recent audit showed that BOSS was about three months behind schedule and over budget. In addition, auditors said it was riddled with staffing and management problems. Schools Chief Financial Officer Richard Hinds said that the two-year timeline Deloitte set was unrealistic. Both Deloitte and the software itself have had problems in other districts. Last year, the software left thousands of Los Angeles teachers without paychecks; resolving the glitch cost about $40 million…

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