Over the past several weeks / months / years, I’ve heard numerous complaints about the PWCS web site and how difficult it is to find anything on it. If you’ve never been to it, go PWCS.edu and try to find last year’s SOL scores, or the budget for the 2012 – 2013 School Year, or the audit from the 2010 – 2011 School Year. Try to determine what elementary school your home is assigned to, or of any boundary decisions are pending that might affect the school your children attend or your home. Try to find our what will be served for lunch today or find information about special ed programs in the county. Try to determine the calendar for this year and next.
All of this is basic information that should be readily available on the PWCS web site, but, with the exception of the calendar, is hard to find. I’m not even sure if test scores are presented anywhere on the PWCS webs site because I can’t find them, and finding the approved budget for the 2012-2013 school year took me 10 minutes. I’d provide the path, but I can’t remember what it was. Determining my local elementary school was just a couple of clicks, but the path was really strange (Parents – Find Your School). If you want to find out about boundary changes affecting your home or current base schools, you have to click on Departments, Finance and Support Services, Facilities Services. Finding out what’s for lunch today requires clicking on Parents, Meals & Menus, Menus – School Meals, then going to the menu on the left hand side of the page and clicking on Menus and selecting which menu you want. Really?
So here goes. If you could revamp the PWCS web page, what information would you have available in one click?
Feel free to post your comments here, or join us on facebook. We’ll consolidate the responses and send them to PWCS with a request that they re-design the school system web site to make the information we look for easier to find.
Update: Here is the link to our facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/182108451423/