BYFIELD — Triton Regional School District has launched its new and improved website, www.trsd.net.
The new site has extensive content and was designed to provide the many different types of users — from parents and students, to faculty and school community members — easy access to information.
The district recognized the increasing importance of the website in not only providing the public with current news and updates, but also in performing everyday tasks, such as making payments and reviewing grades and upcoming assignments. The previous site was several years old and had continually been added to as new needs came about, thus creating a monstrous site that was difficult to navigate.
“The new website has been built to simplify the user experience,” said Assistant Superintendent Brian Forget, who also took the lead on the project. “We want visitors to be able to find what they’re looking for within one or two clicks. We accomplished this through the use of ‘mega menus’ at the top of the page that expand down from the top navigation and are categorized according to the type of user or information,” he said in a press release.
To further enhance the accessibility of the site, the new version adjusts automatically for mobile devices to accommodate users on the go, which was a strong recommendation in the community survey done at the onset of this project.
Aside from relatively static district information, the website was designed to be a place where the community would come frequently to learn about the latest happenings and noteworthy stories in the school system. For instance, the site includes a calendaring system that can be “subscribed” to, allowing families and students to get real-time updates to events.
Further, Triton’s recent decision to use social media outlets to publish district news, events and updates has played a role in the layout of the new site, which features real-time tweets and blog posts on the home page.