The Chief Technology Officer serves as secretary to the Data Processing Executive Committee (DPEC) which is a computer operation jointly funded by the Allegany County Board of Education and Allegany County Government, and responsible for the supervision and operations of Information Technology and Microcomputing and Networking departments encompassing all areas of responsibility and duties assigned to the Department of Information Technology.
Information Systems provides support to the Allegany County School System as well as the County Government with regards to all financials (G/L, Accounts Payable and Receivable, Payroll, Property Taxes, Utilities, and Fixed Assets), Human Resources and Personnel Information, and Pupil Services which include student scheduling, student records (grades and grade history, including graduate records), attendance, special education, food service, and suspension information. Student service information is provided not only to central administration but to individual school systems and the Maryland Department of Education on a regular basis (daily, monthly and yearly reporting.) All work is processed on an IBM AS/400 - I5 system in the data center at the Board of Education. Programming in RPG and web applications provides for data gathering, inquiry and reporting. Financials utilize JD Edwards World and New World software applications.
Network and Repair supports each school, central office, maintenance and operations, and transportation. These systems require knowledge of computers, servers, network layouts, LCD projectors, building wiring, safety and security devices, phone systems, and TV systems. Techs rotate daily between the school system to process repairs reported via a work order tracking system. As well, techs will receive, setup and install, deliver and provide basic training on new equipment received and process obsolete equipment for recycling. Programming requests for applications and Web-based tools are provided using Cold Fusion and PHP. This department also provides for the full support of the Allconet network which serves the Allegany County community including the County government, City of Cumberland, Allegany County Library system, local municipalities, fire and police departments, providing high speed internet services.