Officials planning to revamp BOE’s website
by David Lazenby
Oct 11, 2011 | 1479 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jasper City Schools website will soon get a makeover.

Robert Sparkman, superintendent of Jasper City Schools, said the school system’s Internet site — www.jasper.k12.al. — will be improved to make it easier for students, parents and other concerned citizens to find information about the city school district.

“We don’t want it to be difficult to find out about us,” Sparkman said. “Some of these websites are so complicated. You can’t find out what you want to know.”

Sparkman said visitors to the website will see the refurbishments in about a month.

He said the new site will be designed to allow visitors to quickly find what they’re looking for.

The school system recently contracted with a company that will create the website’s templates. The content will be managed by JCS officials.

Sparkman said the school system’s contract with a company called HedLine cost the school district a one-time fee of approximately $13,000. The cost was paid for by money saved through the school system’s energy education program designed to reduced the school system’s energy costs.

Sparkman said the school system may have to pay a maintenance fee in a few years, but added he expects it to be “minimum.”

Improvements will also be made the websites of schools within the district.

Susan Chandler, the school system’s technology coordinator, could not be reached for comment Monday.

The school district also hopes to implement wireless Internet technology to its schools in the near future.

To secure about $100,000 that Sparkman said the school system needs to put the wireless technology in all city schools, officials are seeking assistance from the Excellence in Education Fund, which secures resources from individuals, corporations, and foundations to support technological advances and professional development for the school system’s staff.

Those who wish to make a tax-deductible contribution to the fund may contact Sparkman or Jean Lollar, the school system’s assistant superintendent, at 384-6880.