Thursday, Marathon City School district became the first in Central Wisconsin to launch a mobile app for students and parents.
The app was launched last night, and within an hour it received over 70 downloads. Administrators expect to get up to a couple hundred by the end of Thursday.
Many of the app's features include safety alerts, weather closings, reminders for school events, and lunch menus. It also offers an easy to use calender version for sporting events and lesson plans from specific teachers.
According to Marathon High School's principal, Dave Beranek, the ideas for designing the app began almost six months ago.
"We want to create easy access and transparent information for parents and our community members," said Beranek, "So, realizing that everyone has a phone, we want to be able to get information to parents in the format that they use today."
The new app is compatible with all smart phones, and can be downloaded from the Google Play store for android users and the iPhone App store.
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