The Orangeburg County School District’s website is now live and active.
"This took a lot of hard work," OCSD Director of Technology Eric Ham said. "We are still pulling information in from the previous three districts and information about all our schools."
Ham discussed the project with school trustees Tuesday during a board work session.
The website’s address is ocsdsc.org.
The consolidated school district’s new site was designed by Columbia-based Splash Omnimedia.
The site provides visitors with information about the district's schools, staff and board.
It has links to the district's 2019-2020 calendar; district policies; a breakfast and lunch menu calendar; grant opportunities for teachers; school board meeting agendas and minutes; district employee salary schedules; and district employment opportunities, among other things.
Some of the links still direct visitors to the former Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 website, but this will be changed in the future, Ham said.
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"These are quick links we thought of that would be very important for not only our teachers and students, but the rest of the staff and all our community," Ham said.
New information will be added in coming weeks.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Darrell Johnson praised the district's technology staff.
"I commend the technology team," he said. "This is an ever-changing and ongoing process."
The district has been using a temporary website for the past several months while the new site was being finalized. The temporary site had basic contact information for district staff as well as schools in the district.
In addition to being introduced to the district's new website, trustees were also given a tutorial on their personal Chromebooks, learned how to create their own district account and had a chance to explore the district's employee portal.
In other business:
• The board will invite the Branchville High School Yellow Jackets women's volleyball team to the Nov. 19 meeting. The board will recognize the team for winning the South Carolina High School League Class A state championship.
It was the program's first state title since the 2016 campaign.
• Johnson said the district will plan an event to recognize and celebrate academic success from students throughout the district. A date for the celebration has not been finalized.
• The Tuesday, Nov. 19 board meeting will be held at 102 Founders Court at the district's headquarters. The board room is on the second floor.