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NKSD’s Web site wanders into the 21st century

NKSD’s new Web site is full of user friendliness.

POULSBO — The North Kitsap School District has officially joined the 21st century with the launch of a new Web site.

The address remains the same, www.nkschools.org, but the information is far more accessible, transparent and simply put: aesthetically pleasing.

The former Web site — built eight years ago — was like an old car on the verge of collapse, said NKSD Director of Communications Chris Case. It was definitely time — past time — for an update.

“The key difference is the new site was built with parents in mind to make it easy and fast to find the information they need,” Case said. “For the first time it reflects who we are and how parent- and child-friendly we are. This district is so transparent. If you want to find something, it’s there.”

Among the new and improved perks the site boasts are pictures of the students busy at work, all the key issues are accessible with one click to the “Shortcuts” tab, each school now has its own page, there’s always a calendar of events posted, maps of the district and driving directions for the various schools, a complete staff directory and access to the district’s programs and individual class and grade level curriculums.

And everything’s in alphabetical order.

“Learning is a cool one,” Case said as she navigated the curriculum accessing tab. “If parents are concerned about, ‘How is my child learning math or what did they learn in math,’ this (learning tab) tells them exactly what they’re learning and how it’s paced all the way through.”

Each teacher will also have their own personal site to post a biography, picture and classwork and homework assignments.

Podcasts, photo galleries, band concerts and other technological offerings can now be uploaded to the site.

“We’re actually in the 21st century,” Case said. “We’re excited. We think it’s a cool tool.”

Not only is the site easier more modern and easier to navigate, it’s saving NKSD money, both in technology licenses and paper trail expenses, as certain intra-district forms can be posted on the site and alleviate the need for copies.

In the past NKSD spent about $40,000 per year on front page licensing, Case said, and the new site will cost about $25,000 per year.

Although the site isn’t completely finished and still awaits “more cool things to come,” Case said feedback thus far has been one word: “fabulous.”

“People are just really impressed with how easy it is to use,” she said. “And I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to hear that after all this work.”

The district is eager to hear more comments or questions on the new site, which can be directed to Case via e-mail, ccase@nkschools.org.

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