As part of the settlement for recent litigation regarding website accessibility, our website provider agreed to migrate our public website to their latest software by Mar. 1 of this year. This migration only affects the district’s main web pages and the school websites for John Muir Elementary School, Washington Middle School and Garfield High School.
In addition, the contract for our current website hosting services was terminated by the vendor and the district is seeking a new service provider.
(Those are some pretty random school pages. It would appear this fix is for the sight-challenged parent's effort to keep up with her students' work but what happens to the next parent with this issue if he/she doesn't have students at those schools?)
So it appears the district is AGAIN revamping the website and wants your input.
New changes are coming for the Seattle Public Schools website, and we’d like your input. Over the course of the next several months, the district will be transitioning to new software that runs the website and teacher/class pages. Subsequently, we will be redesigning the sites to better serve our families, staff and communities. These changes will not affect The Source.
As we move through the process, we’ll continue to update you. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email email@example.com.
But the big "uh oh" comes not once but twice in this informational release:
Ideally, we’d like to transition to the new software and redesign the branding and navigation simultaneously. Unfortunately, circumstances require that we complete this project in phases.
Again, the abbreviated timeline for this initiative, combined with the termination of our current contract, will not allow us to complete both the migration to new software and the transition to a new website design concurrently. Please be assured that we are dedicated to doing it right by making sure we gather input from all stakeholders, identify the right tools based on your input, assure migrations happen with as little disruption as possible, and finally implement a new site design that better serves our user community.
What's your least favorite thing about the current district website?