Hammond school district faces technology problem

2013-02-21T20:00:00Z 2013-02-21T22:55:05Z Hammond school district faces technology problemCarmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | A corrupted server in the School City of Hammond is creating concerns regarding lost information and legal documentation, including files on Individual Education Programs in special education, grant proposals and state and federal education reporting.

Hammond schools Superintendent Walter Watkins said the problem occurred Thursday morning and the Information Technology department is trying to figure out the source of the problem and retrieve the data.

Ken Benich, who has been with the school system for several years, assumed the role of IT director in the fall. "Ken is a top-notch employee. I am sure he will get it resolved," Watkins said.

Watkins is hoping the problem is resolved before it dramatically affects the 13,000-plus student population and nearly 900 employees in the system.

However, Watkins said if technicians are not able to resolve the problem in-house, they will have to bring in an expert.

"I'm waiting to see the extent of the problem," Watkins said. "The expectations in terms of technology for the school system is increasing. The goal is for school corporations to move to online testing. There is already online coursework for students. We've tried to upgrade and expand our technology infrastructure to handle the increasing load placed on us from all levels. I expect there will be glitches here and there as we continue to expand."

Watkins said there have been times when the system has gone down, but technicians have always been able to bring it back up and the district has not lost any information. "To my knowledge, this is the fist time we've had a situation like this occur," he said.

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