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Johnson City schools to offer info with free app

May 7th, 2013 9:28 am by Madison Mathews

Johnson City schools to offer info with free app

If you’re looking for information about Johnson City Schools, look no further, because there’s an app for that.
The school system will be utilizing School Connect, a free mobile application that’s available for Apple and Android devices.
Melony Surrett, the school system’s technology coordinator, addressed the Johnson City Board of Education on Monday night regarding the new app that the system will be using.
“It will be basically an extension of our webpage, so any information that is on our webpage will also be on this app,” she said.
The app is distributed by Jostens at no cost to school districts.
Features include push notifications and email messaging, GPS mapping and navigation for sports events, school calendars, online grade book access, lunch menus and athletic information.
The app will feature different pages for each school and also can be grouped by classes and teams.
A link to the district website will also be included in the app.
School Connect is used by more than 160 school systems across the country, including Greene County Schools and the Macon County School District in Tennessee.
Surrett said the system-wide app should be available in about four weeks.
In other business, the board selected its officers for the 2013-14 school year.
This was the first meeting since the April 23 municipal election, which saw incumbents Kathy Hall, Dick Manahan, Tom Hager and Sheila Cox re-elected, alongside newcomer John Hunter.
Hall was re-elected to serve as chairwoman of the board.
Manahan was re-elected to serve as the board’s vice-chairman.
Cox, who is serving a two-year term on the board and most recently served as secretary, nominated board member Tim Belisle to serve as this year’s secretary.
Board member Lottie Ryans rounds out the seven-member panel.

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