GIPS.org

Grand Island Public Schools | Grand Island, NE

Every Student, Every Day, A Success!

Grand Island Public Schools contacted IdeaBank Marketing to develop a clean, modern, and mobile friendly website. The previous site, which IdeaBank also developed, was over five years old and a burden on their internal school network.

Building a Better Website

IdeaBank was tasked with designing an easy to navigate site, with a focus on getting parents and students to information about their school. Furthermore, we had to create a management platform for teachers to easily maintain their school's information. IdeaBank trained over 60 teachers and staff to manage the system, which were grouped into their own set of access controls and permissions.

2008 Design vs. 2014 Design

2008 Design      2014 Design

The new site features:

  • Responsive Design
  • A Centralized Database of School Details
  • A Dynamic Lunch Menu System
  • A Database of All Staff and Teachers
  • and a Custom News Area

The custom news area allows each school to manage their own news, while the district can push district wide news to each individual school.

Optimizing Performance

Scalability was the final piece of the puzzle. To handle over 10,000 unique page views per day, and near constant updates, IdeaBank developed a custom site caching mechanism to maintain solid performance. Powered by timed content publishing strategy the site will detect changes and render all data before finally make it visible to the public.

The new website IdeaBank created for us is just what we had in mind. They were really great to work with and now that they are hosting it, we haven’t had any down time. Best of all, I really like telling everyone selling apps that we don’t need one!
Jack Sheard, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
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