I have had my head down working on our new school web site for the past few weeks, hence I have not written much here.
We presented new features to focus groups: three faculty, one parent-faculty association, and one board communications advisory group. We hired a local college intern to migrate content from the old site to the new. Two staff members are working on the photo directory, site copying and backup utilities, and an emergency contacts form. Our graphic designer sent us two graphic concepts, and our web site team met and sent back comments. We received the a second revision and are preparing to send back our comments on Monday.
We are gradually taking on real users as we build up the web site. Our athletics director has started entering competition dates for next year. The arts department recently met to build out their new “schoolwide” arts program section. This week, we plan to invite employees to update their emergency contact information through our new custom form. The week after, we will likely invite all parents to update their contact information and review their directory entries online.
Our publications director has been developing her Twitter “voice” and getting to know the Facebook Pages interface in preparation for that aspect of the site launch.
So far, we have committed about $5,000 of contracted work to the project. We plan to finish the project at less than $10,000 total.
Hopefully, I will find time after site launch in July to post more information about our project!