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Private Social Network For Schools?

I'm looking for a private, free way to share info among teachers, parents and students about activities, fundraisers, events, etc. I'd like for everyone to be able to submit photos and info, not just the page owner.

Facebook is a great example of what I'd like, but personal profiles aren't for schools and their pages are only public, no privacy allowed.

I've looked at Ning, BuddyPress, Wordpress, Facebook, Facebook pages and tons more. Either there are no privacy settings, the free options allow too few members or there really isn't community involvement allowed (e.g. with private Wordpress blog).

Is there any way to have a private social network so that we can post pics of the kids and other private info without worrying too much that the info will leak out? I realize nothing is totally private online.

As a charter school, we already get a fraction of the funding of regular public schools and we just don't have the resources to purchase anything.

Thanks for any help or advice.

Sorry if I posted in the wrong area.

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