School districts nationwide looking to turn their web sites from obsolete pages to meaningful communication tools now have a viable solution to make that goal a reality. SchoolSpan’s second annual Better Web Site Grants will provide up to $1 million in technology applications to jump-start these efforts. Individual school buildings are not eligible to participate. Districts will be selected to receive the grants based on an evaluation of their current online communication strategies and functionalities. Grant winners will be given one year of free access to SchoolSpan Plus, which includes modules that help transform school district web sites with tools such as interactive welcome pages, centralized newsletters, centralized calendars, and district file cabinets. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but are due no later than Dec. 15.

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