Results from a survey on the Oregon City Schools Web site showed that the public wants more up to date information on the schools.
Over 220 people completed the survey that provided ideas, feedback and comments on how the Web site could be improved.
Most respondents access the Web site on a daily or weekly basis, according to Jeff Ziviski, vice-president of the school board.
“The fact that so many people access our Web site on such a frequent and regular basis tells me that they are looking for information. And with the survey results, hopefully, we can provide them this information as we go through the process of updating our Web site,” said Ziviski.
Some don’t use the Web site because the information is outdated.
“Information is king in this day and age – 99 percent of those who completed the survey stated that they want information that is current and up-to-date and is also relevant,” said Ziviski, who recommended the survey to the school board last March. “They want to be able to access it in an easy-to-navigate format. People want to know what is happening in the district and the new Web site will be a great mechanism for us to get this information out to the community.”
Ziviski said it is important to have an accurate and current calendar that users can access to find out what’s happening in the district.
“The key is that it is kept updated – times, dates and locations change. For it to be useful, it has to be kept current,” he said.
The main reason why respondents access the Web site is to find information about an event or to view the athletic schedule. Also, many respondents noted that they want to be able to have access to district news, their child’s homework assignments and find contact information for district staff.
Others noted a desire to have board agendas, board minutes and board meeting dates and locations more readily accessible.
“Our current Web site does have this information, but it can be difficult to locate at times,” said Ziviski. “With the new Web site, we will be improving some of these items.”
The Web site will have a board of education page that will note their profiles, current term dates, current board minutes, and board agendas posted before scheduled meetings. It will also include a link to recordings of actual board meeting that users can listen to. The board this year started taping its meetings and posting them on the Web site.
Athletic news, schedules, scores and rosters were also noted as a desire of respondents.
“It is my hope that the athletic department has its own page on the Web site that has all this information on it,” said Ziviski.
One of the more popular comments was the desire for homework assignments and grades, he said.
“Parents want to have a quick and efficient means to stay updated on their child’s education – one that is convenient to their schedule. Hopefully, each teacher will have a page on the Web site where they can post their weekly lesson plans, homework assignments, and any other information that a parent might want. We are living in high tech times. People want information and they want it now. Hopefully, our new Web site will provide this.”
Currently, the updated Web site is in the design phase that will incorporate all the feedback and ideas from the survey.
“The next step is to then decide on the appearance of the Web site – we want it to be attractive, but not to take away from the objective of the update which is to provide timely and current information in an easy to navigate manner,” he said.