Lawrence school board to consider paperless meeting software

photo by: Nick Krug

Lawrence Public Schools district offices, 110 McDonald Drive.

The Lawrence school board will consider approving a paperless meeting management software package at its meeting Monday.

The board will meet with only three items on its consent agenda, or items that are routine enough to be considered in one motion without discussion or debate. Among those is the BoardDocs Pro software for an annual cost not to exceed $9,000.

In August, representatives from BoardDocs and BoardPaq presented online reports to the board on their companies’ software that allows government bodies to post online agendas and minutes. The representatives said the software reduced paperwork by allowing the attachment of electronic versions of the documents and reports that are presented at meetings.

Board members said they favored the BoardDocs program because it was tailored specifically for school boards; however, they deferred making a decision until board member GR Gordon-Ross, an IT professional, evaluated the two programs and other options. At a meeting earlier this month, Gordon-Ross recommended BoardDocs.

The board also will receive a report from David Cunningham, district legal counsel and human resources executive director, on the rate that staff uses the employee assistance program. The program offers district employees flu shots, support for social, emotional and mental health, discounts on fitness and cooking classes, health screenings and other healthy living programming or options.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at district offices, 110 McDonald Drive.

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