Saturday, March 11, 2006

MCPS close to 'catastrophic accounting failure'

MCPS is "always moments away from a catastrophic accounting failure," due to ancient software that the county has known for 12 years needed replacement, according to the Washington Examiner.

"It’s been kept alive by retirees coming back, who are the only people that know how to work with it," Superintendent Jerry Weast told the County Council’s education panel. "I live in mortal fear that this baby is going to shut down and we won’t have the means to bring it back."

Committee member Michael Subin says that 12 years ago, analysts told MCPS its accounting system was obsolete. Nothing was done about it.