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   Annapolis Sunday Capital (Newspaper) - June 20, 2010, Annapolis, Maryland                                 Leadership Anne Arundel ends year with tribute/A7-10  .. -rij'»:!®^  j^w ."J  JUNE 20, 2010   WWW.HOMETOWNANNAPOLIS.COIVI  — Annapolis, MD  Schools' pricey software still doesn't work  Payroll system project taking $4.7M and 3 years to get online  By ELISABETH HULETTE Staff Writer  In 2007, local school officials infuriated county leaders by disregarding their wishes and buying a new $4.7 million pajnroU software system.  Three years later, that system still doesn't work.  At the time, county leaders asked school officials to wait, but they said they were in a crisis. Technical support for their old system was disappearing and they desperately needed this new one.  So they bought it anyway.  Now, technical problems with the way the new system should pay 10-month employees — including most teachers — are preventing the schools from using it. And while they wait for the problem to be fixed, they're still using their old payroll system — the same  one they said would never last this long.  "After all this time, we spent all this money, and we don't even have it up and running?" said Vic Bemson, a member of the county Board of Education who said he hadn't been told about the delay.  "That's just the sort of thing that drives responsible taxpayers batty," he said.  The old payroll system, made by a company called CGI, has been used by the schools since 1990. School officials searched for a (See PAYROLL, Page A13)  By Matthew Cole — For The Capital  The Rev. David Shank, pastor of LInthlcum Heights United IVIethodist Church, points out a Bibie passage to his sons, Dave, ieft, 27, and Jason, 25. Both young men are attending Wesley Theological Seminary In Washington, D.C., and training to be pastors.  -M ri HI  FATHER'S  líliy I  Methodist Church pastor's sons follow his lead to pulpit  By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer  When Jason Shank told his family he wanted to eriter the seminary, it wasn't a big surprise.  After all, the 25-year-old had been collecting Bibles since he was a little boy and always had a strong interest in religion.  But when his older brother, Dave, declared that he, too, intended to become a pastor, the news was a little unexpected. The 27-year-old already was firmly enmeshed in a sales and marketing job when he made the decision.  Still, no one who knows the Shank family was all that shocked. They said the sons were simply following the fine example set by their father, the Rev. David Shank, pastor of Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church. The 56-year-old has served there for 11 years.  "He's such an amazing pastor," said Mary Beth Wynne, of Glen Bumie, who leads the band at the church. "He makes you want to follow Christ. He's a good disciple and he makes you want to be a good disciple."  (See FATHER, Page A16)  INSIDE  •Area  business  people  remember  the best  advice  dad gave  them.  Pa<«C7  • New dads need to tal<e steps to protect their health. Pag«D3  Pholo gÖuilrsv of  City Hall open for the taking  Other area government buildings have stronger security measures  By JOSHUA STEWART Staff Writer  Whoever strolled out of Annapolis City Hall with a bank deposit bag stuffed with nearly $154,000 in cash and checks probably would have a difficult time doing the same thing at other government build- ¿677  ^gs. tamuiarity  A review of krppr!^ county and mu- ^^  nicipal govern- COITiplacency/ ment buildings ^ near City Hall re- - Mayor Josh Cohen  vealed that other  facilities have several layers of security that the center of Annapolis government does not have.  Some are as passive as a receptionist stationed near a front door who provides an extra set of eyes, while others are as elaborate as electronic keypad systems and policies that require visitors to have an escort. But no matter what the'method, it doesn't exist at 160 Duke of Gloucester St.  City Hall's security system is minimal. There is neither a closed-circuit surveillance system nor an alarm system. And there's no receptionist or security officer to keep an eye on visitors, either.  (See SECURITY, Page A15)  Loophole leads to easier sale of stolen property  'Buy-sell' stores not mentioned in county law; police want regulation  By ERIN COX Staff Writer  Police are pushing local legislators to close a loophole they say allows stolen property to be legally sold in Anne Arundel Coimty.  While pawnshops and jewelry stores are required to record and forward information about who sells them items, about 25 other businesses are left out of county law.  Deemed "buy-sell" shops by county police, these outfits range fi:om shady shops to reputable national retailers that buy games and electronics from customers.  "Stolen property is going unreported and uncollected," Detective Jennifer Long, who leads the county Police Department's pawn unit, told County CouncD members during a work session last week.  She said the lack of regulations makes some of these shops tantamount to "legalized fencing operations."  "If I'm a thief and I'm stealing something, I'm going to sell it in Anne Arundel County,"  (See LOOPHOLE, Page A12)  deals«!/  FREE slice of cake from Main Ingredient  C0UP0N/C4  SUNNY:  Tomorrow, too. C2  U.S. OPEN:  Woods' 3rd-round charge wiU make today interesting.  B1  WHAT IS THAT?  Area pet owners love their unique breeds. D1  Four sections, 44 pages  Calendar......A6 Puzzles........C12  Crossword ... D5 Editorial.....A14  MyTime......C16 Lottery.........A4  Obituaries . C2-3 Television .... 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