App lets res­i­dents report prob­lems to city

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — BEN­JAMIN WERMUND, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF

Cedar Park Fri­day un­veiled a new mo­bile app, “CP Con­nect,” that lets res­i­dents report prob­lems to city staff us­ing their smart­phones, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the city.

Res­i­dents can use their phones to take a photo, video or au­dio, and give an ex­act GPS lo­ca­tion of the is­sue at hand. A report is then au­to­mat­i­cally sent to city staff who work to han­dle the is­sue, and then the app no­ti­fies the res­i­dent when the re­ported is­sue is re­solved, the re­lease said.

CP Con­nect is avail­able for free down­load for the iPhone, An­droid, and the Win­dows phone, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

The app gives step-by-step in­struc­tions for how to report a prob­lem – from shoot­ing a pho­to­graph, video or au­dio of the prob­lem, to pro­vid­ing an ex­act lo­ca­tion with your smart phone’s GPS.

Once a report is submitted, the user will re­ceive an ac­knowl­edge­ment and the report will be as­signed to ap­pro­pri­ate city staff. As soon as the is­sue is re­solved, city staff will close the report. This ac­tion will au­to­mat­i­cally send an up­date to the user, the re­lease said.

CP Con­nect also al­lows the user to see other re­ports around the city and “vote up” re­ports submitted by oth­ers. Users can also see the lat­est city news on CP Con­nect via the city’s Twit­ter feed (#cedarparktx).

Stony Point High School has won a na­tional cam­paign aimed at im­prov­ing at­ten- dance rates.

The Round Rock school district high school in­creased its at­ten­dance by about 5 per­cent, win­ning the na­tional cham­pi­onship in the Get Schooled 2012 Fall At­ten­dance Chal­lenge. About 225 mid­dle and high schools par­tic­i­pated across the na­tion. Five other Cen­tral Texas schools placed in the top 25, in­clud­ing Le­an­der High School, Gar­cia Mid­dle School in Austin, Simon Mid­dle School in Kyle, and Cov­ing­ton Mid­dle School in Austin.

The chal­lenge tracked the weekly at­ten­dance of sev­en­ththrough 10th-graders.

Schools earned points in the chal­lenge by im­prov­ing at­ten­dance; stu­dents play­ing on­line math, sci­ence, so­cial stud­ies or word games; par­tic­i­pat­ing in on­line scav­enger hunts that teach re­search skills; or by sub­mit­ting nominations of teach­ers.

For win­ning the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, Stony Point will get a visit from a sur­prise celebrity.

The Ge­orge­town school board could award con­tracts for im­prove­ments to two district sports fa­cil­i­ties at its Mon­day meet­ing.

Up for con­sid­er­a­tion is a con­tract to in­stall a new hard­wood floor in the Tip­pit Mid­dle School Aux­il­iary Gym and a sep­a­rate con­tract with USA Shade for the pur­chase and in­stal­la­tion of new canopies for the East View High School ten­nis court bleach­ers, ac­cord­ing to the meet­ing’s agenda.

The meet­ing is sched­uled at 6 p.m.in the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing, 603 Lake­way Drive.

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