New website reflects community input

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District has launched a new website that reflects feedback from students, staff, parents and community members.

In fall 2015, the district partnered with the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service to research, plan and develop the new website. The process included an internal review of all website content, stakeholder meetings and an online survey to find out what type of information the community would like to see on the website.

Community members expressed a desire for an improved mobile version that would be easier to read on a phone or tablet, a better search feature, a more streamlined look with better navigation (i.e., less clutter and fewer links), and more updated information as there were too many out-of-date pages.

The new website will continue to provide district and school-level news and announcements in a fully mobile-responsive format. The process of developing the site was based on best practices in website usability and accessibility.

“We learned in our research that our website users wanted a more streamlined, simpler version, and so we were very intentional in the type of information we placed on the new site,” Superintendent Craig J. Tice said. “We always strive to be the first and best source of information about the district, and the content we placed on the new site reflects that goal, and will continue to do so going forward.”

Parents, guardians and students will notice that individual teacher websites are not a part of the current district site. Teachers are in the process of developing new websites for their classes that also reflect the feedback in our research and will communicate directly with parents and guardians when those sites are available.