Pittston Area unveils new webiste


First Posted: 5/17/2013

Call it Pittston Area 2.0.

After months of work, the Pittston Area School District unveiled its new website on Wednesday.

The site is designed to be a resource for the students, parents, faculty, and staff, as well as the entire Pittston Area community, said Christy Savakinas, the district’s Director of Technology and Online Learning Coordinator.

The website is www.pittstonarea.com.

A slideshow of pictures welcomes visitors to the new site framed with the district colors of red, white, and blue.

In addition to the slideshow, new features on the site include faculty web pages, improved district calendar and building pages, contact information, and organized resources for students, staff, parents and community members.

Pittston Area partnered with the Luzerne Intermediate Unit on the design and implementation of the new website.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Garzella has been championing a new website since he took the helm of the district in August and has been updating the school board on the progress.

The board hired Savakinas in January, stressing the need to curb the trend of district students attending outside charter and cyber school. The district hope to run it’s own cyber program soon.

Savakinas, the former Educational Technology Coordinator at Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19 in Scranton, is paid $75,000 a year.

On the new site all teachers have a page where they can post class announcements, homework, links to websites, and pictures.

“It is their own space on the site to share what is happening in their classroom,” Savakinas said.

The district calendar highlights all events and activities color coded by building.

Savakinas shared an email from a parent : “I love the new website… especially the calendar and teacher’s pages! I went on to check my son’s grades in Skyward and found myself exploring the new site for quite some time.”

Administrators, faculty and staff all worked on adding content to the site over the past four weeks.

“It was truly a collaborative effort,” Savakinas said. “I am proud of the work everyone did.”

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