The Farmingdale School District is pleased to announce that after a year of planning, designing, creating new content, and migrating existing material, the new district website has launched!
In 2018, when Superintendent Paul Defendini took over the district, he promised transparency and multiple pathways of communication. “Our newly designed website is just one example of how we are making information accessible to all members of the Farmingdale community,” said Superintendent Defendini. “We hope that everyone finds it to be a valuable resource for obtaining information about our school district.”
“The new website was a team effort,” said Assistant Superintendent for Innovation and Organizational Development Dr. William Brennan, who oversaw the whole process. “We had to pull multiple years of information from six schools and categorize it in an efficient way. We made sure the new site would be easy to navigate and provide users with a friendly viewing experience.”
The rebranded site is story-focused and contains more imagery. Along with an updated and colorful new look, the home page features large photographs that showcase student and faculty highlights. The site is categorized with six major topics: District, Board of Education, Schools, Academics, Resources, and Calendars. Clicking on any of these links across the top of the site will allow visitors to access more detailed sub-pages.
The simplified design allows visitors to find information quickly, such as important announcements or the latest school news. A series of quick links are featured in the middle of the home page, providing access to budget information, food services, district newsletters, the Farmingdale Public Schools Code of Conduct, and the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Closer to the bottom is a roster of upcoming events, followed by links to the district’s six key initiatives.
The newly unveiled website is also “mobile responsive,” meaning the layout adapts to different devices and multiple web browsers. It was designed to fulfill web accessibility requirements under the American Disabilities Act, and enables individuals with vision, hearing, and physical disabilities to have access. Additionally, with the help of Google Translate, users are able to select another language in which to navigate the site.
The Farmingdale School District website averages about 200K visits per month. Administrators are hoping that the new design and content will increase visitor engagement as they look for the information they need. The website address remains www.farmingdaleschools.org.