J-D School District mulls new website

Individualized teacher Web sites, updated calendars, real time sports scores, daily announcements and a complete redesign of the Jamesville-DeWitt school system's Web site may soon be on the way, according to several J-D school board members.

At the Sept. 22 J-D school board meeting, board members Maren King, Virginia Murphy and Jack McLoughlin, who make up the board's Web site committee, informed the board of their evaluation of the district's Web site.

The trio cited information from survey results from more than 120 teachers, students and parents in the J-D system taken over the past year.

King said the results were very informative in order to understand the needs and wants of those checking the school system's Web site.

"The results showed that 90 percent of the survey-takers used the Web site frequently," King said. "Thirteen percent check it daily, while 85 percent thought it was easy to navigate. However, 50 percent of the respondents wanted updated change more frequently."

Though no changes will be made immediately, Murphy informed the board that redesigning the district's Web site would not cost the system any extra money.

"We pay around $7,500 a year in our contract already," Murphy said. "[If we were to contract out] It would cost an additional $75,000 to $100,000 to hire someone to do what is already being done."

The proposed idea for a new Web site can also be made into a teaching experience for J-D students, McLoughlin said. He proposed that students work with the developer in order to create a district Web site made by its most important stakeholders, the students.

Even though the potential facelift to the Web site would be of no cost, finding any extra money would not be a problem, said district Business Executive William McIntyre at the meeting. He announced that the system has around $5.3 million available in the budget.

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