Galion Schools to consider change in web hosting

Galion Schools are currently paying $13,000 annually for school web site hosting costs.

In comparison, the Bucyrus School District is only paying $400 annually.

To combat this, Galion Schools Communications Liaison Chris Stone presented a plan during Galion’s board meeting Tuesday night to save nearly $10,000 annually.

Stone is proposing Galion contract with SharpSchool as its next web provider. Stone, who also works with the Bucyrus School District, said the school there is considering upgrading its service to SharpSchool as well.

“It’s more friendly to different web formats,” Stone said. “It would enhance mobile, offer ongoing support and meet standards for online forms.”

“Anytime we can save money and get a better product, it’s a no-brainer,” Board President Jennifer Kuns said.

Stone said the big issue is that the school is currently under contract with its current vendor, eSchoolView, through June 2016, but he will investigate options of how to get out of the contract.

In other business, Galion Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Federal Grants Sandy Powell said eight third-grade students are taking the last administration of the state-mandated Reading Guarantee. In most cases, they will need to pass the test to get promoted to the fourth grade.