BoardNews: Winter 2013

Welcome to the 2013 Winter edition of BoardNews! Below, you will find several recent Company announcements, as well as an article that focuses on the importance of open records and transparency for stakeholders. You'll be happy to know that cost-effective eGovernance solutions, like BoardDocs, make complying with public records laws a snap.

The BoardDocs team will kick off our annual conference schedule at NSBA's 73nd Annual Conference, April 13-14 in San Diego. We have a full calendar of other national and state events as well, so please check our Upcoming Events page often to find out when we'll be in your area. In addition, mark your calendars for our 2013 eGovLIVE Conference in Park City, UT -- dates, speaker and venue details below!

We hope you enjoy this edition and will share it with others who may be interested in how eGovernance is helping organizations of all sizes become more effective, from day one. As always, please respond directly to the BoardNews Editor with any feedback you may have.

Christen Clegg
BoardNews Editor


Emerald Data Solutions Introduces BoardDocs Plus
Major New Service Offerings Extend the Savings of BoardDocs Throughout Your Entire Organization
Last week, Emerald Data Solutions announced the release of BoardDocs Plus. This service enhancement enables organizations with multiple governing bodies to leverage a single BoardDocs subscription to provide a separate, distinct and comprehensive suite of services to each group. Read More

BoardDocs Recipient of District Administration 2012 Top 100 Product Award
Due To Cost and Time Savings, Paperless Leader Recognized for Influencing Education Outcomes
For the third year in a row, BoardDocs has been named a “Top 100 Product of 2012” by District Administration readers. The winners were selected by the editors of District Administration magazine from hundreds of nominations submitted by K-12 administrators. Read More

Google's New 11.6-inch, $199 Chromebook from Acer
We think the new $199 Google Chromebook is a 'game changer' for reducing the cost of paperless meetings. One of the biggest expenses for making the switch to online meetings is the purchase of board member devices. With tablet prices coming down and the new Chromebooks, the cost of going paperless just went WAY DOWN! Read More

People are Paying Attention During Board Meetings!
Complaint of Public Records Violation Files Against Manatee County School Board Member
Local parent and Fund Education Now! activist Christine Sket filed the complaint Nov. 8, a few weeks after she asked the district to provide her with text messages sent from board members during the Sept. 10 school board meeting. The text messages of school officials are public record if they pertain to school business. Read More

BoardDocs’ 2013 Ad Survey Prize Winner!
Hundreds of BoardDocs subscribers participated in our 2013 Ad Survey to let us know your thoughts on advertising ideas we are considering for 2013 and beyond. We greatly appreciate your time! For completing the survey, participants were registered for a drawing to win a Google Nexus 7 tablet. Congratulations to our prize winner, Bill Brush, School Board Member, Gills Creek District at Franklin County Public Schools, VA - you are going to love using BoardDocs on your new Nexus 7 tablet!

Save the Date - 2013 eGovLIVE Annual Conference!
Best Practices to Improve Board Effectiveness
Each year, BoardDocs hosts a dynamic conference for governing bodies who want to to save money, save time, and increase board effectiveness through eGovernance. For 2013, we're dialing up the content with an expanded 3-day agenda, expert presenters and are unveiling the conference's new name, eGovLIVE. Our special guest speaker will be internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation, Sir Ken Robinson, PhD. Please join us at the eGovLIVE Annual Conference, September 4 - 6! More Details

Meet the Newest BoardDocs Team Member!
Dave Armstrong, Web Developer
We are very excited to welcome Dave Armstrong to the BoardDocs Family as the newest member of the Development Team. Dave, who brings 18 years of development experience, and his family live in Colorado. Dave will initially focus on enhancing the end user experience with online manuals and support features, and will ultimately speed up the release of enhancements to BoardDocs.

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