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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 11:37 pm

Data loss delays Luers' 1st day

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

Glitches attributed to catastrophic failures at diocesan computer servers in July have delayed the opening of Bishop Luers High School until Aug. 17.

According to a letter sent to parents by Bishop Luers Principal Tiffany Albertson, computers containing schedules and Power School information "were lost for schools in the diocese," Albertson wrote in a letter dated Aug. 7.

Power School is a software program that tracks schedules, grades, attendance and other data, according to the Power School website. About 600 students attend Bishop Luers, and about 13,000 attend schools in the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese.

The glitches will affect only Bishop Luers’ opening day, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday, said Carl Loesch, secretary for Catholic education at the diocese. Loesch said the hardware failures were possibly "related to electrical storms that happened in June and July."

Freshmen orientation will take place starting at 7:45 a.m. Friday, said Stephanie Patka, the diocese secretary for communications.

Although other schools were affected, none, including Bishop Dwenger High School, suffered the same fate.

The computer glitches hit Luers hardest.

"It’s just sort of the vagaries of the system (on) how it got corrupted," Loesch said.

High school students typically have more data stored.

"It’s a bigger deal for the high school," Loesch said, where students often have seven different classes. Elementary school children typically spend most of the day with one teacher.

In the 14-county area covered by the diocese, some diocesan schools are already open. In Allen County, most open this week, Loesch said.