PORTLAND — The city’s public schools will launch its redesigned website at Wednesday’s School Committee meeting, district officials announced today.

The Web address will remain portlandschools.org, but the site will have a new look and many new features.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in Room 250 at Portland Arts and Technology High School on Allen Avenue.

The new homepage will feature Portland’s skyline and several photos of students. The website’s navigation menu will provide easy access to district news releases, notices about upcoming events, the school lunch menu, staff e-mail addresses and phone numbers and other useful information. Visitors will be able to take polls on topics related to the district.

“The new Web design will showcase our district and improve communication with students, staff, parents and community members,”
said Superintendent Jim Morse.

The district started working on the redesign several years ago, but lack of funds delayed the project. In 2008, a committee of staff members and community residents developed specifications for the new site.
 
The district secured a $23,453 federal technology grant and sought bids last summer. Then the district hired ImageX Media, a Web design company based in Vancouver, Canada, to work with the school system’s technology department on the project.

The initial redesign includes the district portion of the website. This summer, the district plans to make other improvements, such as
adding language translation and making the site more interactive.