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 Testing Underway on New MITI System

San Diego County Office of Education employees started testing a new system recently that will transform the way school officials throughout the county do business.

The testing of the Modernization, Improvement and Transformation Initiative – better known as MITI – is one more step toward beginning to roll out the system in January, starting with small school districts.

“It’s a major, major undertaking for the county as a whole,” said Linda Visnick, who is overseeing the project.

The County Office of Education also will soon have a Customer Resource Center to help school districts with the implementation and ongoing support.

The state-of-the-art system includes business operations, finance, payroll, and human resources services for local educational agencies and the SDCOE. The County Office of Education handles payroll information for more than 55,000 employees a month, including those working for school districts, community colleges, and the SDCOE.

The MITI project began in 2011 and is expected to be finalized by the end of 2016.

Employees spent 18 months exploring needs and researching business operations software before picking PeopleSoft Applications by Oracle for the upgrades.

The new system will replace the 30-year-old Financial Information System, which is outdated, costly to maintain and time consuming to use. It will allow for much more integration.