Improving communications on the Internet
Improving communications on the Internet
Posted on 04/01/2016
The Puyallup School District website is the centerpiece of an important communication network. The website contains current and relevant information available to stakeholders 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
With this in mind, the district continually strives to stay up-to-date with ever changing technologies and methods of communicating with parents, staff, students and community.
After completely restructuring the PSD website a few years ago, the district has worked hard to provide a site rich with relevant content.  To better serve our community, we intend is to expand the scope and direction of the website, along with social media, to take advantage of new technology and make use of the most effective communication tools.
The changes made to the Puyallup School District website in 2013 were significant. Over the past three years efforts have been made to improve PSD's presence on the internet, providing stakeholders with timely and accurate information using a Content Management System (CMS) called Edline. 
Changes were well received, and it appears the website is used extensively. However, some aspects of the Edline system do not fully meet communication goals. For example, the district is now pursuing the implementation of a Learning Management System (LMS) for use during the 2016-17 school year since the current communications platform, Edline, cannot meet district expectations.
Several months ago the district learned that Blackboard, the parent company of Edline, would be reducing enhancements to Edline because of their acquisition of another CMS called Schoolwires. While these kinds of company acquisitions can sometimes be discouraging, it actually provided the district with a great opportunity to begin considering other options for the PSD website.
Over the past several months, staff from the Technology Services Department have been working with staff from the Communications and Information Department to reconsider the elements needed for an effective CMS. The result has been the development of a Request For Proposals (RFP) made public in early February.  Vendors have been drafting proposals and sending them to the district for consideration. The proposals will be opened on Thursday, March 3, 2016.
It is important that the parents, community members, students, and staff of Puyallup have access to important school district information online. In an ever expanding world of digital communications, it is critically important the district has a reliable and effective website for all stakeholders.
Implementation of a new CMS for the district is expected within the year.