The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services Board voted 4-1 Thursday to authorize the state Department of Education an emergency exemption for several technology-related contracts that add up to nearly $89 million.

ITS regulations require that any technology contract is limited to one-year terms and the exemption awarded by the board allows the MDE to receive a three-year term instead.

The contracts include an upgrade of the Mississippi Student Information System data system, the school safety program, the Mississippi career continuum program and the College and Career Readiness platform.

MDE Chief of Operations Felicia Gavin said approval of the $88.98 million in contracts will allow the department to not have to go back to lawmakers for more money to fix the antiquated MSIS system. The MDE

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