MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Come September the Mountainside school community will have a new website in place. Administrator Nancy Lubarsky and the district’s Technology Coordinator Jason Whitaker provided the preliminary design features of the planned website at the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Tuesday, May 24.

A designer from Schoolwires, a school website management system, has helped the district with the website, Whitaker said. The main change to the existing web design is that the new site will be a two panel layout. The current website has a three panel layout. Another significant change is that the new site can be viewed on a smartphone.

The site will open with three rotating picture displays on the top of the main page. The left larger picture represents the district page and the divided right side pictures represent each of the two district schools.

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The site will have a top menu bar which can be accessed by tapping. Another menu will open up on the left side of the page making navigation easier. The new site will also feature quicklinks and staff links. It will also have global icons on the top of the page, for example a lunch menu and calendar, Whitaker explained.

The calendar will be synchronized with the google calendar. All events can be color coded for added clarity. Event notices and alerts can be customized for a specific grade level under the new platform.

The new site will be simple to use. The school secretaries will be able to update and upload information easily, Lubarsky said.

Whitaker added that within the next school year the district will “transition away” from the use of the E-board. New classroom websites will be constructed via Schoolwires.

Parents will be introduced to the new platform in the fall, especially during the Back to School night, Lubarsky said.