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Aug. 10, 2017 12:02 pm

School District gets first major website update in 10 years

By the end of the school year, each individual school will also get website makeovers.

The new site.

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The School District of Philadelphia just released the first major update to its website in a decade.

The soft launch of the District’s homepage is being billed as the first public-facing result of a longer push to update its digital presence.

“The site, while informative, hadn’t been changed for too long,” said Kevin Geary, the District’s chief of external relations. “It’s not so much an update but a complete makeover.”

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The process started by having some 600 parents, teachers and students give usability feedback on the site. The overhaul axed some websites and made it more user-friendly. Mobile readibility was also improved.

“The new design will also allow us to have the site translated in about 100 languages through Google Translate,” said Geary. “For a diverse district like ours, this is very important.”

Each school in the district, Geary said, will get its own rehashed website by the end of the school year.

For the makeover, the District worked with Kensington-based design and branding shop Blinebury Design.

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Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Technical.ly Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to Technical.ly and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.

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