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New website on the horizon for DCSD

DOUGLAS COUNTY – In about a month DCSD will have a new home on the web. The District is launching a brand new website, which will not only provide a clean, more modern appearance, but also promises to be much easier to navigate.

Designs for the new web design were unveiled during an update on communication efforts by the District’s Community Relations department during Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

“Improving navigation on the site was a primary focus for us, because of the feedback we received from our employees, parents, students and community,” explained Internal Information Officer Randy Barber. “Everyone wants to find the information they are looking for within as few clicks as possible.”

The new site is Drupal-based, which means that it is based in an open source content management system, rather than proprietary software that usually comes with annual licensing fees. The system will also be much more intuitive for the employees who update content on department pages throughout the site.

“The website will give our staff members a lot of flexibility when it comes to updating the public about important changes or developments. The interface will be incredibly easy to use and provide them with the ability to choose from tools that help best convey their messages, including video, photo galleries and even social media feeds,” Barber said.

In addition to migrating the entire District website to the new solution, the project also explores how the tool could be used by schools. Seven schools are participating in a pilot program, which will, with their feedback, create school websites that address the needs of teachers, students and parents. The goal is to develop a communication vehicle which provides a high level of flexibility, making it easily adaptable to a variety of learning environments.

November 14, 2013 | By rmbarber | Category:

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