Polk public schools move from "A-" to "A+" on transparency | News
Polk Co., FL-- Sunshine Review recently analyzed and graded the transparency of websites in Florida and across the nation, including the five largest counties and cities and the ten largest school districts. Polk County Public Schools was given an “A+” on its 2012 Transparency Report Card. The last time the pro-transparency non-profit agency graded the schools’ website, it received an “A-”.
Sunshine Review uses a 10-point transparency checklist to determine a grade. The components considered include: taxes, budget, meetings, elected officials, administrative officials, contracts, audits, public records, academics, and background checks.
In 2012, the E-Mail and Web Services Department of the Information Systems and Technology Division accepted a “Sunny Award” in recognition of achieving website transparency. At the time, the Polk County Public Schools Website was given an “A-.”
“I am incredibly proud of the team of webmasters throughout the schools and district offices,” says Assistant Superintendent of Information Systems and Technology Abdu Taguri. He continues, “I am happy their continued commitment to excellence is being recognized. In the past year alone, we’ve implemented a more efficient public records system and made that information readily available to the public.”
The E-Mail and Web Services Department is responsible for the Polk County Public Schools website design, maintenance, development and support. The team is also supported by a wide network of District Webmasters who make content contributions to the site.