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District unveils phone app to connect with community

When the Sparta Board of Education released a new Strategic Plan in July, one of the key elements listed was the need to bolster communication.

At a public meeting in August, Superintendent Pete Bush told attendees that while the high school had long maintained an official Facebook page, the district had not previously had one. First on the list of to-dos, the official all-district Facebook Page was created and posted shortly thereafter. In addition, the district has an active Twitter account.

Early this month, the district launched a phone app, with information for both students and their families as well as the greater Sparta community.

The app includes easy access to information and a calendar of school events, daily menus for all district facilities, bus information, PowerSchool access as well as easily accessible articles pertaining to classroom and district news.

“We are doing what we can to further reach out to our community,” Superintendent Pete Bush said of the newly released app. “More and more people use only their phones to access information.”

In addition, the district is exploring video options, including YouTube, to reach additional people with district news. The high school YouTube channel is gaining in popularity.

 “We know that many people only get their news and information via video and very short videos – less than 60 seconds – at that,” said Bush.

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Janice Holst
Janice Holst
Janice Holst is a reporter covering Kent City and Sparta. She has been both a teacher and a journalist. A former MLive reporter, she wrote features and covered local government and schools for Advance Newspapers for nearly two decades. She also was a recipe columnist and wrote features for Mature Life Style and occasional entertainment pieces for On The Town magazines. She lives in Sparta Township and enjoys spending some of her retirement hours writing the stories of the northern Kent County school districts. Read Janice's full bio


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