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Franklin Regional officials unveil new, user-friendly website

| Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

The roar of the panther is gone for good.

Franklin Regional officials this week are unveiling an updated website that administrators tout as being more user friendly.

And, yes, it lacks the infamous panther roar that greeted visitors on and off for the past several years.

“This has been a long time coming,” technology director Brad Schrecengost said. “It's time to move on to something a little more robust.”

The new setup gives teachers and administrators the ability to post private information — such as bus stops and class rosters — in a private, password-protected area, webmaster Lisa Stewart said.

That section of the site isn't ready to go public yet, officials said.

There are several new features that administrators can opt to use, including an e-alert email system, RSS feeds and, if officials deem it appropriate, a way to integrate the site with social media, Schrecengost said.

There's still a lot of work to do on the site, Stewart said, but she and Schrecengost said the new layout should help parents and community members find information more easily.

“We tried to organize this in a way that makes sense and is intuitive for parents and users,” Stewart said. “It's more interactive.”

Board members recommended creating “quick links” on the main web page that would connect visitors to the current budget and policy lists.

Web pages for individual schools will include links to frequently sought information, including lunch schedules and parent-teacher organizations.

Schrecengost said he would begin transitioning information to the new site, which is hosted internally, on Tuesday.

He said he expects the updated website — which still is at — to be active by the end of the week.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627.

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