New look for campus websites

July 10, 2013

Parents and community members might have noticed a new, uniform look to campus websites.  A new design makes it easier to navigate and locate important campus information.

The first campus website featuring the new design, Carnahan Elementary School, went live in October2012. Most schools have since made the switch to the new design, and other campuses will follow in the coming months.

“The new websites provide consistent information no matter if you’re looking at an elementary or middle or high school website,” says Elizabeth Langer, Director of Technology Training and Development Services. “Until now, there has never been a consistent look to campus websites in NISD so this is a major step forward.”

Visit any website with the new design and it’s simple to find contact information for administrators and staff, links to Parent Connection, a calendar of events and the history of each school and namesake. Campuses now prominently feature news stories on their front page keeping everyone up-to-date on important events.

Last summer Superintendent Dr. Brian T. Woods directed that campus websites be redesigned with a standardized look. Making the transition was a joint effort between the Communications Department, which designed the website template, and the Technology Services Department, which developed and led the training for campus webmasters.

Campus websites are created and maintained by CITs, or Campus Instructional Technologists, and from their perspective the new websites are easier to manage and update.

“Now I am able to update the school website on any computer that has web access,” says Amy Sierra, Carnahan ES/Lieck ES CIT. “Before I could only update a school website from a specific computer on that specific campus. This is especially useful now that I am split between two campuses and it helps in the summer as I post back-to-school information. It doesn’t matter where I am- I can easily make changes to either website.”