SCS’s prospective school communication app shut down

Published 2:13 pm Monday, August 12, 2019

A new school app called Sangha that would have allowed for more streamlined communication between Stanly County Schools and parents has been shut down.

Elliot Brooks, lead administrator of media and instructional technology for SCS, said he received an email Monday morning from Edlio, the app’s parent company.

“I received word from the company that actually puts the app out and they’re actually shutting it down,” he said. “It was a big shock to us.”

After talking with several of the app’s representatives, Brooks said Sangha is being shut down due to the high cost of developing it.

The app would have allowed SCS to send messages to the different platforms (school system’s website, text notifications and social media sites) at once, thus saving time.

Sangha also would have allowed parents the ability to receive cellphone notifications as well as two-way notification with teachers in a secure environment.

Though SCS will continue to use SchoolMessenger to communicate with parents, Brooks said the school system will “continue to look for innovative ways to communicate with parents” including other options.

“We’re fortunate enough that it happened now and not a few weeks after we started using it,” Brooks said.

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Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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