If you are a parent with questions, the Marion County Board of Education Web site has the answers.

Tracy Chenoweth, coordinator of technology services for the board, said the Web site is designed with parents, community members, students and staff in mind.

“Some of our best ideas have come from parents,” Chenoweth said. “We really take a look at parent feedback.”

The site, located at www.marionboe.com, has an open side for the general public and a private side, which is accessible to staff members through a user name and password, Chenoweth said.

The first thing visitors to the homepage notice is the listing of announcements and news. Events at each school are listed as soon as they become available, she said.

Another feature of the front page is a list of job postings. The job listings begin with service positions and descend to administrative positions. A simple click on the hyperlink brings up more detailed postings, describing qualifications of each position. All listings include the postings’ closing date.

“Quick Links” are available on the right side of the front page. They are a listing of activities, agencies and information for parents and community members alike. Maybe you would like to learn more about No Child Left Behind or the WESTEST. Links for both are available here. There’s also a link to Marcopolo West Virginia, which provides online lessons for students of all ages.

A list of links on the left side of the front page will take visitors to a message from Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Phares, a listing of central office staff, and a listing of schools, complete with addresses, phone numbers and Web sites for the schools. Driving directions to the schools are also included, Chenoweth said.

The site also includes links to pages listing prices of books, a county course catalog that describes the course offerings at each school and an updated bus schedule.

If you have questions about school food or child nutrition programs, the board’s child nutrition department has it’s own page, conveniently linked to the board’s front page. On that page, visitors can find everything from information on free and reduced-pricing programs to what’s for lunch tomorrow.

Special education and the Title I program each have their own pages, as well.

Chenoweth noted the private side of the Web site is very handy for teachers, administrators and service personnel alike. Continuing education hours for each individual is uploaded onto the site and accessible through the staff member’s user name and password.

“We want to make sure everyone meets their requirements,” Chenoweth said. “They can go back and check if they have their staff development hours. It’ll even notify them if they don’t have enough.”

E-mail Katie Wilson at kwilson@timeswv.com.

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