New face for school websites

By Eva Queen -

Change is an inevitable part of society, and that is no different when it comes to an online presence.

Mount Airy City and Surry County School Systems both completely remodeled their websites over the past year.

The spark for change for the county schools came with a new logo. Together Sonia Dickerson, director of communications and Renee Moore, assistant director, put together and served on a committee that designed the new website.

The committee included a representative from each of the district’s 19 schools, as well a parent of a student. Together they designed the school system’s website —

“We were working with a blank canvas.” said Dickerson. She said each tab, link and picture were all placed strategically by the committee. Also, each individual school has its own individual website that is the same reflective model as the district’s main site.

“We hope that the new website helps in keeping parents informed and is easier to navigate for everyone,” added Dickerson.

The change for Mount Airy City Schools was a result of several things — budgets being smaller, the need for a website that more effectively shared what the system does, and a need for a better platform.

The city schools had its previous website for seven school years and over that time the company which serviced the site had changed hands at least twice.

The current website provider is Edlio, the new website is cheaper, a better platform and has a responsive design which allows the site to be mobile friendly, according to Carrie Veneable, instructional technology facilitator for Mount Airy City Schools.

“We want all we do to be effective and efficient. We are constantly looking for ways to save money and provide a high level of service,” said Dr. Greg Little, superintendent.

Little writes a superintendent’s message monthly and readers can subscribe to this as well as other announcements regarding the school system.

People can even check what’s going on when there is inclement weather.

The city school also invites parents and students to share their first day of school pictures with everyone on Twitter and Facebook using the #MAfirstday hashtag.

“We enjoy seeing these and sharing these with our followers.” Veneable said.

All of the city schools give tours and if a family is interested in a tour they can sign up for those by clicking “Contact Us” on the webpage and then clicking “Schedule a Tour.”

“The various ways we connect with our parents and students is visible and we continue to encourage parents to contact us with their positive experiences or if they have concerns.” said Veneable.

“We engage with students and parents daily on those platforms and encourage our staff, parents, and students to share the great work being done in Mount Airy City Schools,” she said.

By Eva Queen

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