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CCS Launches New Website Design

Cumberland County Schools (CCS) is kicking off the new year with a newly designed website. Still at the same address, www.ccs.k12.nc.us, the redesigned “look and feel” features larger graphics, easier access to popular pages and a mobile-friendly design. The new design flows down to school subsites.

 

In alignment with priority four of the district’s strategic plan, which calls for diverse communications and marketing strategies to engage parents and community stakeholders in the educational process, the new website will help facilitate improved communications across the district. District officials partnered with Hanover Research to gather feedback from internal and external stakeholders, inspiring many of the redesigned site elements.

 

The responsive design optimizes each user’s viewing experience across all devices, including tablets and smartphones, which will enable stakeholders to get the information they need on the go. New features will allow district officials to quickly push out time-sensitive updates to all district and school sites.

 

“In today’s world, a clear and concise website is a vital communication tool,” said Lindsay Whitley, associate superintendent of Communications and Community Engagement. “We hope our new website design will help families, employees and community partners access important information with ease. Our ultimate goal is to engage more stakeholders in the educational process and to help our students achieve success in the classroom and beyond.”

 

At the top of the redesigned homepage, visitors will find a blue channel bar with an array of drop-down menus that provide information on vital district services and resources. In the top right-hand portion of the website, users can click on icons to access school subsites, a site search feature and the language-translation tool. There is also a scrolling slideshow with links to corresponding webpages. Links to global icons, featuring some of the most popular pages, are prominently displayed beneath the scrolling slideshow to help visitors find information with ease.

 

As users scroll down the redesigned homepage, they will be able to easily access:

  • important news updates,
  • informative videos,
  • social media feeds,
  • quick links to portions of the website frequently accessed by many stakeholders, and
  • a district events calendar that will allow users to download events to their personal calendars and link directly to a map of the venue.

Most users will be able to access the new site immediately. However, it may take up to 24 hours for some internet service providers’ Domain Name System (DNS) records to update.

 

After launching Phase 1 of the newly designed website, district officials will move forward with additional web communication tools that are part of the new platform, including an intranet portal for employees and a platform for teachers to create their own web pages to offer parents current information.