It used to be that when a family moved into town, their kids would simply enroll in the local public or private school. Nowadays, families want choice, and a new Delaware website is as close to one-stop shopping as parents can get, reports Delaware Department of Education's
website features interactive maps where students or parents can locate a school they are interested in attending by typing in the location or address.
"The real recent change in the Internet has been this whole idea of interactive Web sites where you can ask questions and pose your own questions and customize the response," said Don Berry, education associate in the department who developed the map Web site.
This new interactive map is probably the only one in the country. It is relatively simple to use. Just by dragging a mouse over the site's main map of the state, users can draw the area they want to locate. Users can also check the median income and wealth distribution of the area selected.
Other features include links to school and school district Web sites statewide, as well as research statistics, enrollment figures and board meeting information. Users can also locate charter schools, determine an area's district lines and demographics, weigh school choice options or identify nearby day care centers, "(It's) one-stop shopping," said Penny Barkley, the Caesar Rodney School District's transportation supervisor and a tester for the site. "Don's done a wonderful job with that Web site."