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WEBSITE Craig Howell — Steve McKinney, director of technology for Hancock County Schools, gave a presentation on the district’s new website at Monday’s school board meeting. The new website, which officials believe is more user-friendly, is expected to launch in the coming days.

NEW CUMBERLAND — Hancock County Schools will launch an updated website in the coming days, which officials say will be more user-friendly and informative.

The Hancock County School Board received a presentation on the new website from Steve McKinney, chief technology officer, at the board meeting on Monday.

“There are a lot of moving parts” McKinney said, noting that the district’s old website is still up, but the new one could be up by the end of the week, pending a final state review.

Among the features of the new site, each school will have its own area, which can be updated by a designated person to keep parents and the community up to date on activities, reports and more.

“There will be no intervention on our part” McKinney said.

Additionally, the site will feature a social media interface, as well as mobile apps, to send notices of school delays or cancellations or other important information. The apps, available from Google and Apple stores, will be used for district notices, McKinney explained.

There will also be a calendar of events and designated sections for school board and administrative operations, as well as district policies and more, with a design that officials say will be easier to use than the current site.

“We try to make sure you don’t have to search through three or four buttons,” said Superintendent Dawn Petrovich.

Several board members commented on the need for an update, noting that some areas, including for individual schools, do not appear to have been updated for at least a year.

“That’s one of the things I noticed,” said board member Larry Shaw.

Member Michelle Chappell asked if other counties in West Virginia have used a similar website interface design, with Petrovich stating that at least 29 county districts have switched to what is being worked on for Hancock County . These include Ohio, Jackson, Wood and Randolph counties, she said.

Council chairman Danny Kaser noted that he had already downloaded the mobile app and had received notice of school delays and cancellations in recent days due to snow.

In other matters, Petrovich explained that the district’s Title IX policy is being updated and will also include the introduction of a new sexual harassment policy. Both will be presented to the board for comment at the February 14 meeting.

The board also approved several personnel items, a slate of 18 short-term students from the county’s two high schools, and held an executive session to discuss the superintendent’s midyear goals report.

(Howell can be reached at [email protected] and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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