Brevard Public Schools, Harris School Solutions Issue Joint Statement On Software Settlement
By Space Coast Daily // November 22, 2017
BPS sued Harris School Solutions in August 2017
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Brevard Public Schools released the following joint statement Tuesday with Harris School Solutions after the school board approved a settlement agreement between the parties:
“Harris, the new owner of the EDR software products and the new Board for Brevard County Public Schools each found themselves in an unenviable position in 2015 having inherited a less-than-ideal situation with respect to the EDR software products.
Harris, to its credit, attempted to address the issues it discovered after its acquisition of the EDR software products; however, due to the rapid changes in technology, the software which was contracted for in 2013 is, in the present, out of date.
Therefore, the Board has decided to go in a different direction with regards to its software acquisition. The parties have officially come to an agreement on how to best deliver value to Brevard County Public Schools, its students and the taxpayers of Brevard County while closing this chapter and moving forward under the circumstances.
This will ensure BPS has access to much-needed software and maintenance, giving it adequate time to acquire and integrate a new fully functional software system which will bring Brevard Public Schools into the present, user-friendly technology era.”
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
Brevard Public Schools sued contractor Harris School Solutions in August 2017 after the company failed to deliver a $5.2 million software system to manage district finances, purchasing and payroll.
Superintendent Desmond Blackburn halted payments in 2015 and tried to negotiate a resolution with Harris, a company based in Canada, after it missed its own deadline to deliver in 2016.
Those settlement talks were unsuccessful.
Attorney Scott Widerman of Melbourne law firm Widerman Malek filed a lawsuit on behalf of BPS Aug. 18 in circuit court in Viera, Florida.
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