Web Sites Revamped for Naperville Schools
Jenco, Melissa, Hooker, Sara, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Melissa Jenco and Sara Hooker Daily Herald Staff Writers
Two Naperville-area school districts say they are making strides to improve communication by overhauling their Web sites.
Naperville Unit District 203 unveiled its new site Thursday after nearly a year of renovations.
"The community is very highly technologically savvy, so that really became a wake-up call for us," said Melea Smith, director of communications.
The project, which cost the district nearly $40,000, was not merely a redesign, but a rebuild.
"There was a lot more involved in this than how it looked," said Deanne Fulner, assistant project manager.
To make the site easier to use, it has several navigation menus and features an interactive calendar, detailed maps and quick access to news, forms, individual school sites and more.
"I think it's just a lot more user-friendly and has a nicer appeal to it than the old Web site," said Jim McCarthy, a District 203 parent who helped in the planning process.
The site allows district departments to update their own information so it can be posted more quickly.
It also has a new Internet address: www.naperville203.org. However, the old Web and e-mail addresses will remain active for about a year to ease the transition. …