Education and technology

Peñasco parents to get new school app

Sports schedules and integrated communications next step for district

By Cody Hooks
chooks@taosnews.com
Posted 3/6/19

What’s for lunch today? When’s that game happening? Is there a delay because of the snow?

These are just some of the dozens of questions parents have to think about. Before the start …

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Education and technology

Peñasco parents to get new school app

Sports schedules and integrated communications next step for district

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What’s for lunch today? When’s that game happening? Is there a delay because of the snow?

These are just some of the dozens of questions parents have to think about. Before the start of the next school year, Peñasco parents will have many of the answers at their fingertips.

The Peñasco school board OKed a contract to develop a new app for smartphones and tablets that will integrate many of the district’s communications, creating a one-stop-shop for news briefs, athletic schedules, game scores, lunch menus and contact information for staff.

The app being developed by Arkansas-based tech company Apptegy can also send out emergency notifications. Parents would not need a smartphone or tablet to get those messages.

The district will also get a new website out of the contract, which is roughly $7,500 initially with an annual renewal of $2,500.

Both the app and website should be live by July, said superintendent Marvin MacAuley.

Nurturing Center
The school board also voted Feb. 19 to renew a contract for the elementary schools’ “nurturing center,” a drop-in space where “students who need a place to refocus can gather themselves so they can function in the classroom,” said MacAuley.

The center, which is meant to be a place to support families and their studies in navigating the overall environment of the school, also provides parenting classes and child care during those classes.

The nurturing center has been a fixture at the school for about five years, MacAuley said.

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