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Web Solutions Gives Meriden Schools an Online Overhaul

When the Meriden Board of Education wanted to improve their schools’ online presence without putting staff through extensive training, they turned to the tech architects at Web Solutions to develop a cost-effective solution.

The result was the development of 11 new websites with improved aesthetics, navigation, access to needed resources and customized software that allows staff to quickly and easily update their individual web sites with no technical or design background.

“Though we were grateful for staff members volunteering their time to ensure their school’s web presence, what we were facing was 12 different schools with as many designs and navigation structures, and it was key for us to bring some consistency to how our schools were being presented online,” said Michael Grove, Supervisor of Instructional Technology for the Meriden Board of Education. “Web Solutions not only standardized designs, but their content management software eliminated the need for any costly training. If you can use Microsoft Word, you can now update a website. It’s that simple.”

The sites were launched in mid-August ahead of the new school year to allow parents time to access pertinent bilingual information regarding registration, classes and school events.

“In an era when most kids know more about the Internet than their parents, the challenge of this project was to improve parental access to important information while removing technical barriers for school volunteers,” said Lori O’Brien, Director of Sales and Marketing at Web Solutions.  “As a parent, I don’t just see a web site, I see a tool for parental empowerment and improved communications between schools and families that will positively impact educational outcomes.”

The only school site not to get a makeover was Platt High School, who’s site is designed and maintained by students as part of a class. To view the redesigned sites, visit www.meriden.k12.ct.us.

The only school site not to get a makeover was Platt High School, who’s site is designed and maintained by students as part of a class.