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School district unveils redesigned website

Tan is out.

South Kitsap School District director of community relations Amy Miller said she sought a more aesthetically pleasing look for the district’s redesigned website, which was unveiled Aug. 7.

And one that is more user-friendly.

Miller said the website overhaul was a priority for superintendent Michelle Reid when she started her position July 1, 2013. She said she collaborated with the district’s director of information technology services, Derry Lyons, on the redesign, which took about six months.

The color scheme of the last design, which Miller said was done in 2008, has been replaced by one that predominantly features three shades of blue. The top of the website displays a photo of a ferry with the Olympic Mountains in the background.

“In the main image we’re trying to make it seem like what makes South Kitsap special,” Miller said. “Of course, it’s the people but our location is pretty special.”

But Miller also wanted to simplify the site’s channel structure. On the left-hand side of the page toward the top, there are four tabs that often are sought out by readers: Skyward, the superintendent’s blog, board meetings and a staff directory.

“People would call all of the time and ask what was on the [school-board] agenda,” said Miller, adding that the previous website required readers to click on four to five links to find the agenda.

Below those functions, the website features SKSD’s latest news releases. Next to that, the site has a slide show with some upcoming activities. The right-hand side of the page has a calendar of the district events.

“We’re just trying to be a resource for parents so they know where to go for information,” Miller said.

Underneath the calendar is a channel where Miller hopes to showcase videos. There also is a small space dedicated to advertisers with the disclaimer that the district “does not sponsor or endorse any of the above vendors.” Miller said the school board approved of advertising on SKSD’s website with the caveat that any revenue generated from that must be directed toward technology upgrades in the district.

“I think people will be on board with that because of what the focus would be,” she said.

Another new addition to the website is the five tabs that rest on top of the ferry photo that link viewers to social-media functions, such as Facebook and Twitter.

“We tried to direct people to our social-media links,” Miller said. “That seems to have grown in the last year.”

SKSD’s website can be found at http://www.skitsap.wednet.edu.

 

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