Agenda Item #17
Various staff members from ESF have been working towards the development and implementation of a new district website over the past two years. With changes in personnel, a new team was comprised to move forward with a recommendation for the district’s web presence. The revised website team consisted of: Gino Butto, Michelle Irwin, Jason Faulds, Matt Frey, Andrea Young, and Evan Wallace.
The original team had done much of the preliminary assessments, gaining input from stakeholders from within the district as to their needs in a new website. The revised website team re-convened in August of 2012 to review options necessary to implement a new district web presence. In particular, we reviewed the pros and cons of:
After the analysis was completed the team determined that the best approach would be to utilize a content management system. BPS has a contract currently with Edline (part of Blackboard Engage), providing Grade Book, teacher web pages, and school web pages (currently 35+ schools use Edline for its web hosting). This contract extends to all schools within BPS, including the district at no additional charge. After reviewing the current options available through the free web pages available, the team began further discussions on creating a presence with customized features. The combined features, pricing, and timeliness of implementation were primary consideration related to this recommendation.
While there are many new features that will be utilized through the CMS website, high functions include:
Web team recommendation: Contract with Blackboard Engage to customize the District’s and each individual school’s website and create a new communications “brand” at a non-recurring cost of $24,525.00 (funded by the Office of District Communications, special projects).
Implement a district web presence utilizing a content management system through our current contract with Blackboard Engage.
Consent w/o Information - 4/9/2013
Authority for Action
Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Source of Funding
Michelle Irwin, Director, District Communications, x796