Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

As the Los Angeles Unified School District continues working to get its troubled computerized student information system working, Superintendent Ramon Cortines announced Friday an overhaul of the district’s Information Technology Division, starting with the resignation of its chief.

Ron Chandler had been with the district for four years.

Cortines did not elaborate on Chandler’s departure, other to say in a weekly update, “We thank him for his service.”

He also confirmed that the district had terminated the contract of a consultant, Bria Jones, who had been working on the My Integrated Student Information System, or MiSiS.

The MiSiS program has been plagued with troubles since before the start of the school year, resulting in some students unable to get classes they need, others repeating classes and some students who are nearing graduation and applying for colleges unable to obtain academic transcripts.

Cortines said he has established a “program manager” position to coordinate all of the district’s work on the MiSiS issue, and to “increase transparency and accountability.” He appointed Gary Sabia, who has worked on multiple district technology projects, to the post.

“We are in the process of finalizing the organizational structure of ITD and will continue to provide updates,” Cortines wrote in his weekly update on the MiSiS project.

City News Service

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