The Wilton Public School District website, www.wilton.k12.ct.us, will be getting a makeover this summer. \u201cIt's been a long time coming,\u201d Superintendent Kevin Smith said at the Board of Education\u2019s June 21 meeting, where he provided a sneak preview of the new website design. The district\u2019s current website has been \u201cthe bane of my existence and the existence of many others,\u201d said Smith, who worked with webmasters, administrative assistant Lucille DeNovio and others to put together a new website that will be \u201cready to launch later this summer.\u201d Ease of use has been \u201cone of the consistent complaints\u201d regarding the district\u2019s current website, said Smith, so one major goal is to make the new site \u201cmuch more user-friendly.\u201d \u201cAs parents and users come to our website, we want to make it easy,\u201d he said. \u201cWhatever activity the user wants to do \u2014\u00a0whether it\u2019s register a child, pay student fees, view Board of Education minutes and agendas \u2014\u00a0that\u2019ll be able to happen in one click.\u201d The new website will be \u201cdynamic,\u201d said Smith, \u201cso regardless the size of the screen, it\u2019ll adjust accordingly.\u201d \u201cWe also tried to clean up some of the other features,\u201d he said. For example, several links at the top of the screen will remain static as users scroll through the site\u2019s interior pages. One of those links will lead to an active directory with staff members\u2019 contact information\u00a0\u2014 something that, Smith said, has been missing \u201cfor a long time.\u201d \u201cMy hope is when it\u2019s fully loaded, you\u2019ll have not only a name, a phone extension and an email, but also an image [of the staff member],\u201d said Smith. Another static link will allow users to change the language displayed on screen. A slideshow with images of Wilton school life will greet homepage visitors, and underneath, they\u2019ll find blue circles with links to the websites of Wilton\u2019s four public schools. Under the school website links will be a \u201cNews & Events\u201d section that will feature school news updates and calendars. \u201cA major concern we\u2019ve had for years is the aggregation of the calendar,\u201d said Smith, \u201cso what we\u2019re expecting to do on this homepage is pull feeds from all of the school calendars, the Continuing Education calendar, district calendar and athletics calendar, so that at a glance, you can get the list of activities for any given day.\u201d There will be an option to view a full calendar, \u201cas well as filter if you want to sort out to a particular building,\u201d said Smith. School district successes will be featured at the bottom of the homepage, as well as links to the district\u2019s social media accounts. Communication \u201cA lot of work has gone into this over many months,\u201d said Smith. \u201cWe\u2019ve used the redevelopment of the website to also clarify communication procedures.\u201d Staff members who use the no-longer-supported Edline learning community management system to communicate with families, said Smith, will be migrated to a new tool embedded within the education technology platform PowerSchool. The district will use parent and community engagement platform SchoolMessenger for PTA, as well as district- and building-level communications, said Smith, \u201cand then teachers will have the option of using Google Classroom to communicate with parents and students or the features that's embedded within PowerTeacher.\u201d \u201cAs part of that, we\u2019ve also reframed expectations for webmasters and school secretaries,\u201d said Smith. That way, he said, \u201cthe website will become a much more robust and frequently updated tool that will actually represent all of the great work that\u2019s happening in the schools.\u201d Smith said a letter will be sent out to parents and staff as details of the new website are finalized.