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Longview ISD launches free mobile app

By Sarah Thomas sthomas@news-journal.com
Sept. 27, 2013 at 2:51 a.m.


Parents, students and anyone interested in what's going on at Longview ISD now have an app for that.

The district this week unveiled the Longview ISD App - in the making for nearly a year - and is marketing it as a complement to its website.

"It doesn't replace the website because there are tons of documents on the website like student handbooks, code of conduct, shots information. Some of (the documents) are pages and pages long. Who wants to read a book on their phone?" said district spokesman Adam Holland. "I'd rather tap a button and find what I need."

The app is free and puts information such as academic progress reports, lunch menus, district news and sports information in the palm of users' hands.

It's available on the iPhone and Android smartphones by searching "Longview ISD" in the iPhone App Store or Google Play Store.

The app was developed with input from parents and members of the Parent Teacher Association.

Reliance Communications developed the app for free in exchange for the district being a test market for the firm's app development.

"Early on when they started doing apps, LISD volunteered to be beta testers for them," Holland said.

Without the agreement with Reliance Communications, the app could have cost the district as much as $7,000.

"Parents and the community are increasingly on the go," said Reliance Communications Vice President of Marketing Nate Brogan in a news release. "We commend the district for recognizing this and for taking steps to engage their stakeholders in this way."

The district didn't advertise the app because it was a work in progress, and updates already are in the works.

Some of those updates include customizing the home screen by campus.

Reliance Communications is the same company that provides the district all-call system, which allows school officials to send one recorded message to all parents with children in Longview ISD schools.

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