District implements new school locator technology

Iowa school district aims to better help families navigate school boundary changes

school-districtThe Iowa City Community School District recently launched a new school locator technology as part of the district’s comprehensive plan to communicate 2015-2016 elementary school year boundary changes to students’ families.

The tool, SchoolSearch, launched in November 2014 and is a component of geovisual analytics software company GuideK12’s suite. GuideK12 designed the tool in order to better inform families about boundaries, program or school options.

SchoolSearch, which schools can also use as a standalone component, is a revision of the company’s previous DistrictView tool, according to Julie Fitzgerald, vice president of marketing for GuideK12.

“SchoolSearch is available 24/7, so parents can find accurate school assignments anytime, not just when offices are open and specific personnel are available,” said David Dude, chief information officer for Iowa City Community Schools.

Next page: How the locator technology will help parents and administrators

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