Going Paperless in a Day - Frederick County Schools, MD

The Frederick County Public School District in Maryland switched to paperless board meetings and you can too!

Had to be Easy To Use
The District was concerned that paperless meetings would not be user-friendly, in spite of its desire to switch. District officials set a priority to actively research the easiest, most user-friendly product on the market. The Board President recommended BoardDocs as the leading choice.


It All Started at NSBA
“We actually went to an NSBA convention and saw BoardDocs. Our then Board President was in to technology and fell in love with the product, as have we all,” Administrative Director Judith Ricketts said.

Frederick County Administrators credit BoardDocs user-friendly format and excellent, on-site training for the successful and quick transition.

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Francina Baldi, said that the school board approved the switch to BoardDocs in August of 2003 and began using it in September of 2003. “We ordered laptops for the board and borrowed computers until they arrived. We also made sure that our staff members and support staff were involved in the training.”

Quick and Easy Implementation
The implementation of BoardDocs was so simple that the District was able to receive training in one day and hold a paperless board meeting the next. “We actually had training the day before implementation and ran it the next night. We weren’t going to fool around. You really have to remove the paper.” Ricketts advised.

The Frederick County Public School District requests that patrons print a copy of the agenda at home if they want a hard copy for a board meeting. Patrons can also print items inside the agenda that may be of particular interest to them.


Saves Time and Money
Using BoardDocs also saves Frederick County time and money. According to a cost analysis, Ricketts said that the District saves about 273 reams of paper per year and saves courier costs of delivering 468 packets per year!


About Frederick County School District
Frederick County School District has an enrollment of 40,000 students. In 2006, Expansion Management magazine gave Frederick County Public Schools its highest rating in the magazine’s “Education Quotient” report, ranking the District among the nation’s top 16% of school districts. FCPS also received the SchoolMatch.com “What Parents Want” Award last year.