The Ottumwa Courier

November 25, 2013

E-B-F launches new app

By LORI FAYBIK
Courier correspondent

---- — EDDYVILLE – Want more school updates for Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Community Schools? There is an app for that, thanks to Blakesburg/Fremont Elementary Principal Robb Beane.

Beane told board members at their regular school board meeting this week that he is launching an app that will allow the district to communicate better with patrons.

The School Connect App will allow the district as a whole and individual classes, teams, clubs etc. to send push notifications to subscribers about events, activities, assignments, grades, etc.

Beane told board members that many community members wanted updates last week when the girls volleyball team competed at state. An app such as this would be ideal for situations like that. And when the weather gets bad, this app can be used to send out notifications districtwide about school cancellations and delays.

Push notifications will pop up on subscribers' smart phones, tablets or iPods even when the app isn’t in use. A touch of a button and subscribers can receive additional information. Subscribers choose what type of notifications they wish to receive.

More information can be found at http://www.schoolconnectservices.com/ebf.

In other business, Superintendent Dean Cook told board members that he is starting to look into requesting a voter-approved Physical Plant and Equipment Levy to remodel the high school.

“We need to do a remodel of the high school. We want a facility that would serve the purposes of our school district and keep costs in reason. If we do it, it would be on the ballot in September next year,” he said.

Cook noted that the building is a good candidate for remodel. “The building is in good shape; structurally it is great. At this point I think we would be foolish to build a new building. However, we do need to continue to maintain our buildings.”

He suggested the high school needs new windows, a good paint job in classrooms, casework, ceiling work, a new entrance door and some roofing.

New board member Bruce Severson said that if the district proceeds with the remodel he would like to see at least three cost estimates, one for what really needs done, another for wish-list items and a third estimate somewhere in the middle of the other two.