Nine small school districts have started implementing parts of a new system designed by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) that eventually will transform the way school officials throughout the county do business.
By the end of 2016, nearly every school district in the county along with several charter schools plan to move to the new Modernization, Improvement and Transformation Initiative, better known as MITI.
The launch of the first financial modules in January and the human capital management modules in February were important steps in the process. The human capital management modules include human resources, benefits, absence management and some payroll functionality.
The districts that are part of the first group to implement the system are Cardiff, Dehesa, Jamul-Dulzura Union, Julian Union, Julian Union High, San Pasqual Union, Spencer Valley, Vallecitos and Warner. This summer SDCOE along with Coronado Unified, La Mesa-Spring Valley, and Lakeside Union school districts will begin the process.
The new system will replace the 30-year-old Financial Information System, which is outdated, costly to maintain and time consuming to use.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.
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 Customer Resource Center opened late last year to help school district with implementation of the system and ongoing support.