Lawrence Schools joins technology race

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By Anna Skinner

Come Labor Day, Lawrence Schools will be joining the technology drive to produce a mobile app available for parents and students.

“Apps are an emerging trend, I think we are on the forefront in this area,” said Dana Altmeyer, coordinator of communications, public relations and marketing for Lawrence Schools. “We had been exploring different options to make that happen.”

Once Lawrence Schools were given the green light, they connected with Bluebridge, a mobile development software company based out of Fishers, who then partnered with the developers of the school’s website.

Kathi Rogers, website project manager, said that the app was developed on a customizable template. “That way we’re not starting from scratch, so it saves us a lot of time and money,” Rogers said. “This was the most cost effective way for us to make this.”

According the Rogers and Altmeyer, when the app is available it will include the announcements and events, calendar items from the district, grade access, directories to all the school links, directions with a GPS to the school, lunch menus, lunch account access and push notifications if there is a weather related delay or closing.

Although their website, ltschools.org, is mobile friendly, Altmeyer said that the app will provide faster and easier access.

“Students will use as a portal to get in to view their grades, but parents are the main audience,” Rogers said. “Students will be a secondary audience.”

The app, with the prospective title of LT Schools Mobile, will be available for free for Apple and Android users. However, nothing is definite until the app goes through the approval process.

“We are really hoping this will be a one stop shop for parents to gain quick access to announcement information about their child’s school and the districts,” Altmeyer said.


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