Education information goes mobile for Stanislaus County

08/12/2014 7:25 PM

08/12/2014 8:15 PM

Want some information about Stanislaus County schools? There’s an app for that.

The Stanislaus County Office of Education has gone mobile, becoming perhaps the first county office in the state to tap an app for virtually all its Web resources.

The Merced County Office of Education has an app for Common Core information, and a sprinkling of other offices have targeted mobile offerings, a check of iTunes apps found. All are free.

The Stanislaus mobile app, however, links users to its Web pages via a grid of simple icons. Parents might find the resources page most helpful, with listings of opening and closing dates, school districts and maps all available with a touch.

The county office unveiled its app to the Stanislaus County Board of Education on Tuesday as part of its regular monthly meeting.

In other business, trustees:

• Moved to hire newly retired administrators as mentors for new ones. The plan to pay retirees $2,000 per year to work with newcomers requires an exception to a pension system prohibition on earnings for six months, said Assistant Superintendent Rick Bartkowski. Longtime outdoor education program leader Pam Ivie would assist her replacement. Retired Rose Avenue Principal Diane Scott and retired Newman-Crows Landing Superintendent Ed Felt are among the others expected to help. The motion to seek the exemption passed unanimously.
• Heard an update on Great Valley Academy. The independent charter school struggled with poor morale and lost nearly half its teachers in 2012-13. Now with new administration, Assistant Superintendent Sue Rich said the school has turned around its climate. In a survey taken by her department, teachers reported high levels of satisfaction. Trustees who raised concerns two years ago said they saw major gains in recent visits. GVA administrator Leah Franklin said the two-campus charter is looking at expanding to west Modesto.

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