The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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January 25, 2014

App a game-changer


"A bunch of us floated the idea past Deb Olson and she told us to take the idea and run with it," Austin said. "We researched it and talked to a couple of different people about expenses.

"We were thinking this would be great to have a couple of years down the road. We weren't thinking about getting it up and running right away."

Kness, Austin and Tori Wade (the district's printing and graphing coordinator) are all hopeful word will spread for various reasons. Wade and Kness said parents on the run haven't previously had access that was this easy to use.

"The way I pictured it as a parent was I could be out at the grocery store asking myself if I need to buy things for packed lunches," Wade said. "Those are the type of reasons why I think it will be a great community asset."

Meanwhile, the app serves as another platform to deliver information that parents need to know now — such as school cancelations or early dismissals. Wade demonstrated that feature on Wednesday, when Clinton canceled classes due to inclement weather.

"We're trying to put the most pertinent information into the app," she said. "For the information that's getting out there, it's more than worth it."

From a non-district perspective, Austin said the app is relatively simple. She took a call this week from a parent wanting to know how to use the feature, and over the phone, Austin explained the steps.

Anyone interested in using the feature should download a QR scanning app to his or her mobile device. From there, scan the QR code pictured or by visiting Permanently fixating the app to the device varies depending on the brand of smartphone being used.

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