BoardNews: Fall 2014

Welcome to the latest issue of our eGovernance newsletter. Today, you'll meet Emerald Data Solutions' COO, see what we're currently reading and watching, and hear about recent Company news. In addition, we've announced our 2015 eGovLIVE Annual Conference dates and host city -- details below.

This fall, the BoardDocs team is busy traveling the US with a full calendar of state conferences, so please check ourUpcoming Events to find out when we'll be in your area.

Now, let's get started ...


We're excited to announce, the 13th Annual eGovLIVE Conference will take place September 2 - 4 at the Westin North Shore in Chicago. As always, our conference will provide valuable, timely information and the opportunity to network with other governance representatives from across the nation, in a relaxed and informative atmosphere. Plus, we cover registration, breakfast, lunch and extra conference activities for all BoardDocs subscribers. Stay tuned as new details become available!

Executive Highlight: Meet Clark Merkley, Chief Operating Officer

Clark brings to Emerald Data Solutions a wealth of experience as a corporate attorney, insurance professional, human resources executive and President of Employer Solutions Group that won multiple Alfred Sloan Awards for Business Excellence and “Best Companies to Work For.” Clark was an elected school board member for the School District of Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin, a teacher and human resources executive for Nebo School District in Utah, and he has also worked in local government. Read More

What We're Watching

The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, Jennifer offers some kinder and more achievable aims. Watch Now

A Book Worth Reading

The Essential School Board Book: Better Governance in the Age of Accountability by Nancy Walser

The Essential School Board Book is one of the best books ever written on school board governance. Every board president and superintendent should make it required reading for the entire board-superintendent team. It is well researched and practical. The advice is sound and comes from real experience and practice that we can all learn from. What s more, the strategies to increase student achievement and learning work.You can snag it now from $17 (Alibris, Bookbyte, Amazon, Barnes&Noble).

Wisconsin School Boards Association Endorses BoardDocs eGovernance Solutions

The Association Recommends Implementing Paperless Meeting Solutions, Remarkably Wise Investments for School Districts
This summer Emerald Data Solutions entered a new partnership with the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB), which has helped school districts advance education through supporting the tradition of local board control of the state's public schools since 1921. Through BoardDocs, the WASB will provide valuable eAgenda and ePolicy services that will save the school districts in Wisconsin money, time and allow them to be more effective.
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Inc. Magazine Recognizes Emerald Data Solutions 4th Consecutive Year

Company Dominates Governance Technology Industry with Monumental Sales Growth Year after Year
Magazine has named Emerald Data Solutions one of the fastest growing private businesses in the nation on its 32th Annual Inc. 500/5000 List. The list represents a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America's independent‐minded entrepreneurs.Read More

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