The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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January 25, 2014

App a game-changer

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Once downloaded, anyone with a smartphone can tap into news coming from any of the district's seven facilities. Austin said she likes to see when her husband, who also is a coach, has practices and games so she can plan her own schedule accordingly.

"I find it to be very friendly. It's nice to be able to keep track of my husband's and kids' schedules," she said.

Wade and Kness said they are interested in seeing what feedback they get from the app's use. Since they both manage the software, Wade said there's room to develop other functions.

"We may need to add more icons," she said. "We will edit to the needs that are warranted."

The technology holds significance for Austin not just because it makes her life easier, but because she feels like district administrators took action when it came to an idea generated by parents.

"If we have ideas, the district is more than willing to hear those," Austin said. "When I brought this to the table, I was thinking years down the road. It got done within months."

The anonymous donation covered 100 percent of the costs for the district. The app is available to anyone for free.

Step 1: Make sure you have a QR-capable scanning app on your mobile device Step 2: Scan the QR code pictured or by visiting Ccsd.qcmobiletech.com Step 3: Once the School App is open in the mobile device, permanently fixate the app onto your device by bookmarking the page and following instructions to save on your phone's home screen; clicking the globe symbol and adding to home screen (for Blackberry users); or bookmarking the page and adding a shortcut to your home screen (for Android users) Icons • Clinton High Daily announcements • CHS activities • Lyons Middle School • Washington Middle School • Bluff Elementary • Eagle Heights Elementary • Jefferson Elementary • Whittier Elementary • Staff Directory • CCSD Website • Menus Special announcements and pertinent information, such as school closings, early dismissals and late starts, also will appear atop the app's main page.

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