Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Search Goes Back…to the Future

During the last couple of days I made the decision to scrap our CMSes internal search engine and go back to using the Google custom search we had working on the previous site. The change should be more or less transparent; you still access search using the magnifying glass button in the upper right corner of the page. It's no secret to anyone who worked with me during the development phase of our new site that I've long felt internal search was one of the few weak points of the content management system we selected. Despite my better judgment, I decided to use it at launch for two reasons: First, I figured it would take a little time for Google to re-index our site with all the new changes, and second, I wanted to see how well it would work for he general user. In short, it didn't. At least not yet. So Google is back. In time I'm sure we'll implement some part of the internal search again, most likely to allow for an employee contact finder or as a replacement to the administrative database, but that's going to take some work before it's ready. More news as it becomes available. As always, your comments are welcome.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Food and Nutrition Awarded USDA Best Practice in Customer Service

Pasco County Schools' Food and Nutrition Services Departments has just received word that it has earned a USDA Southeast Region Best Practice Award in Customer Service for its Elementary Color Wheel Program, designed to help elementary students understand their lunch and breakfast meal choices. The program was developed with the help from the food service staff at Cotee River Elementary School during their "Eat Your Colors" promotion. The Color Wheel Program was launched in January after students returned from the winter break. Three different colors are used along with numbers to represent the different food choice categories and the quantity each student may select as a part of a healthy lunch or breakfast. The purpose of the USDA Best Practice Award is to encourage and reward outstanding practices in school food service programs in the Southeast Region, and for the department's continued efforts to provide quality services to Pasco County students. Last year, the department received a USDA Best Practice Award in Food Safety for its Amazing Race Food Safety Training Program. Congratulations to all FNS employees for your continued success!

Congratulations to the FNS Manager Intern Graduates

FNS is pleased to announce the 2009 graduating class of manager interns. Each intern spent the last 16 weeks working along side an experienced manager at a training facility, learning both knowledge and skill-based applications needed to become a successful FNS school food service manager. This is the sixth year for the FNS Manager Internship Program, and the first year the program utilized online training classes. More than 40 employees applied, and eight interns graduated Thursday night, May 28, 2009 at Dr. John Long Middle School. The next manager internship class will begin in August. Congratulations to the following FNS Manager Interns graduates:
  • Evelyn Babilonia, Dr. John Long Middle School
  • Kimberly Bilello, Oakstead Elementary School
  • Crystal Hadley, Charles S. Rushe Middle School
  • Patricia Hopper, Land O' Lakes High School
  • Wendy Howard, Wiregrass Ranch High School
  • Robin Ladig, Centennial Middle School
  • Lisa Parker, J.W. Mitchell High School
  • Michele Weibley, Bayonet Point Middle School

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Exploring for Bugs, Part one

A couple of fixes to the site tonight, which should please visitors still using Internet Explorer 6: 1. Diagnosed and repaired a problem that was preventing the white background image from loading properly on sub pages. Black text on blue is very hard to read, I know. It should be much better now. For those who are interested in such things, it was a simple mistake involving relative paths on the IE specific stylesheet. Now I just need to find time to update the rest of the IE only graphics... 2. Eliminated the Flash of Unstyled Content (FOUC) bug that was causing the upper menu bar to appear as a vertical, rather than horizontal list while the pages were loading. 3. Repaired the styling on the Masthead for IE 6. This fixes the annoying gab between the children at the top of the page and the content below. More fixes to come in the next few days. As an aside, however, if you are still using IE 6, please consider upgrading to the latest version (8), or switching to Firefox or Safari. You will be much happier with the web. Developers and designers worldwide say "thank you!" in advance.

Attendance Boundary Update

The attendance boundary committee met yesterday, May 18th, to develop a proposed attendance boundary for High School "EEE". After much debate, the committee chose Option 4A. This option rezones students from Hudson High School, River Ridge High School and Ridgewood High School to the yet to be named High School "EEE". In addition, some students from River Ridge High School were rezoned to Hudson High. The boundary between Ridgewood High and River Ridge High remains unchanged as does the boundary between Gulf High and Ridgewood High. The proposed Option 4A would balance the projected school populations at these schools as follows:
  • Gulf High - 78% of capacity
  • High School "EEE" - 85% of capacity
  • Hudson High - 81% of capacity
  • Ridgewood High - 86% of capacity
  • River Ridge High - 78% of capacity
Over the summer, a middle school boundary committee will meet to review the west side middle school boundaries in light of the proposed changes to the high school boundaries as well as to examine ways to balance the populations of these middle schools. A high school boundary committee will also meet over the summer to review the entire west side boundary lines and recommend whether additional changes need to be made. Elementary School "S", a new elementary school in the Odessa area is slated to open in August, 2010. A boundary committee for this school will begin meeting in September to carve out an attendance boundary out of the existing Longleaf, Oakstead and Trinity Elementary schools. Parent meetings will be conducted in the fall to review and receive input on all of the proposed boundary changes. Final school board approval is expected to take place prior to the new year. Relevant Documents Boundary Map - Option 1 Boundary Map - Option 2 Boundary Map - Option 3 Boundary Map - Option 4 2009-2010 Timeline School Boundary Committee Role School Boundary Committee Guidelines

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