Stevenson Enters Agreement to Develop Mobile App

Those who responded to an online survey this month indicated a mobile app will be useful.

The Stevenson High School community will soon be able to access school news and services through a mobile app.

The school entered a three-year contract Feb. 7 with Blackboard Mobile, which will develop the app. Stevenson spokesman Jim Conrey said the school hopes to launch the app by the start of the 2013-14 school year.

Stevenson entered the contract midway through a survey process this month that asked the school’s stakeholders to weigh in on whether they would use a mobile app and what functions they would like it to include.

Survey results, which Stevenson released Wednesday, showed that 227 of the 243 respondents said they would use a mobile app.

The majority of participants said they were either “highly likely” or “likely” to use the app to contact a school employee (54 percent), add funds to their child’s Patriot Dollars account (68 percent), access their student’s grades (76 percent), report an absence (77 percent) and receive school news and updates (83 percent).

“The survey was meant to help determine what type of services to offer. We're still in discussions with Blackboard about what precisely will be featured in the app. The bottom line is, we want to make it easier for people to access information that's commonly asked for, such as calendars/events, news, grades, etc.,” Conrey wrote in an email to Patch.

Stevenson will pay Blackboard Mobile $20,000 for the first year of the contract, which includes set-up and licensing fees, Conrey said. The school will pay a $10,500 licensing fee the second year, and a $11,025 licensing fee the final year of the contract.

Conrey compared the deal with the one that School District 128 entered with Blackboard last year. The district, which includes Vernon Hills and Libertyville high schools, released the app in December.

Anne Marie Gerhardt February 15, 2013 at 01:13 PM
that seems like a lot of money for an app!


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