BOE to look at updating website Monday

Published 11:42 pm Friday, January 27, 2017

Adapting to the current digital world, residents within the city can soon expect a change in the Elizabethton City Schools System web presence.
The city Board of Education will meet on Monday, Jan. 30, in a called meeting that includes the possibility of revamping the system’s website.
Board members will vote on a measure to approve an agreement between ECS and SchoolPointe, Inc. that begins this month to June 30, 2020, for website development for a total cost of $15,500.
Utilizing the opportunities provided by SchoolPointe will be beneficial moving forward, according to ECS Public Relations Coordinator Bekah Price, adding the agreement would be more affordable than the system’s current content management system.
“We researched a number of different sites and selected SchoolPointe because it offers great ADA compliance tools, responsive web pages and staff Intranet,” Price said. “Content will be easy to navigate, update and share on social media.”
ECS has reaped their rewards of staying up-to-date with news with a social media presence this year with the creation of the Elizabethton City Schools Facebook page. The page has over 1,000 “likes” and regularly has stories and updates from the school system posted and is frequently shared and viewed by community members.
Just like with social media, an updated site will help the system stay with the times to better serve the parents and community members of Elizabethton, according to the coordinator.
“As a 21st Century school system, we want people to have a 21st Century experience when they visit our website,” Price said. “Visitors on the site will enjoy the updated content and organization, as well as the opportunity to download a mobile application.”
Following the expected vote of approval, Price said the school does not plan to publish the new sites until after testing takes place in May.
In other business, the BOE will look to approve a full maintenance service agreement between the system and United Elevator Services from February 2017 to 2020 for elevators at T.A. Dugger Junior High and Harold McCormick Elementary for a rate of $200, with a three percent discount if paid annually.

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