BUSD plans to reward poor web development and maintenance

At the August 11th board meeting, the BUSD board of trustees will be considering renewing the contract for the development and maintenance of the district’s website. The agenda item says the current developer has redeveloped and redesigned the District’s website. I take issue with this. The website looks the same way it did two years ago. It is hopelessly out of date. The website is not user friendly and is difficult to navigate.

Agendas have been available online before a meeting only once in the last two years. I’ve been told by district office employees the reason the website’s content hasn’t been kept up to date is due to the fact that the person maintaining the website hasn’t always been available. The website’s designer should provide the district an adequate content management system (CMS) to enable someone in the district office with minimal technical skills the ability to update the content.

Compare Beaumont’s site to that of the district sites for Banning, Redlands or Yucaipa-Calimesa and you will see it how bad it really it is. The award winning Beaumont High School website is far superior in functionality and design to the district’s site. I recommend the high school students take over the development, design and management of the district’s site’s and save $3,000.

You are misusing the best tool you have for communicating with parents and the community.

Please reconsider renewing the contract and find a new web developer.