The Springfield Platteview Community Schools district lunch menu, activities calendar and more can now be found on your iPhone and iPad.

Will Muff, a Springfield resident and co-creator of Abundant Apps, designed the free Apple program for the school district. The app includes a local business directory for Springfield and Westmont, a school calendar, staff directory and a link to the district’s website.

The district recently bought iPads for each student grade seven through 12 and one iPad for every two students in elementary school. District Superintendant Brett Richards said the iPad initiative and the new app is an attempt to keep the district at the leading edge of technology use.

“The app is something we wanted to develop for better communication. We want parents to get information easier,” he said.

Muff said he approached the SPCS school board and got the ball rolling at the beginning of the school year. His company usually designs apps for use at home, like being able to control your TV’s volume or the thermostat with your phone. They have also created apps for communities in South Carolina that track local concerts and other events.

“We wanted to do something different, something that could impact the community in a good way,” Muff said.

He said the school board loved the idea, and he and his partner Randy Nordlund set to work. The most arduous part of creating the app was collecting and parsing the data from each school while developing graphics for each school’s logo.

Muff said if there is enough interest generated by the app, a version could be made for Android phones.

“That took a lot of time to turn it into a readable format, but we’re very proud with what we’ve accomplished,” Muff said.

To download the app, go the the app store on your iPhone or iPad and search for Springfield Platteview Community Schools.

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