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Power School causing headaches for some

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Day two of school for many in North Carolina and administrators are still frustrated with the new state computer program called Power School.

It was set up to make life easier for teachers when it comes to taking attendance, recording grades and doing seat charts. Union County school officials say on Tuesday it kicked out half of its teachers. They had to use pen and paper to take attendance and do other tasks instead of relying on the much talked about Power School.

In Charlotte - Mecklenburg school (CMS) district administrators complained the system is slow and took more time to register students than normal.  CMS has now deployed extra staff to schools to help with registering until the problem is fixed.

While school districts are experiencing delays and other problems, educators in Gaston County say they are having little to no problems with Power School. Cramerton Middle School principal, Amy Holbrook, says she avoided headaches by using pen and paper to register new students for the first day of school.

"The reason was because all the systems would be going on at the same time," Holbrook said. "Every school system and it would bog down Power Schools."

Instead administrators waited until later to input student information.

"At the end of the day," the principal said. "No one would be using Power School, and it would take the information and upload quickly."

WBTV reached out to state education leaders to see how many complaints have been received and ask why some are experiencing problems and other schools districts are not.  No one has returned our calls.

School districts believe the problems will eventually disappear.  In the meantime teachers who love Power School are handing out advice.

"Be patient," Cramerton MS teacher Melissa Harris said. "I haven't experienced any problems as a teacher or as a parent. I have never experienced any problems with Power School. I think it's going to be a great resource."

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