January 29, 2010
BETTENDORF -- The Bettendorf Board of Education is adopting an internet based system called BoardDocs to move to paperless meeting technology - saving staff time, taxpayer dollars and committing to a more environmental practice. The new initiative will replace the process of compiling, printing and binding paper agenda packets that are distributed by hand.
"The BoardDocs system will enable the district to maximize the effectiveness of their board meetings with increased transparency, providing a basis for better and more open communication with the public, while dramatically increasing productivity and saving thousands of dollars annually," said Superintendent Theron J. Schutte, Ph.D., Bettendorf Community School District.
Electronic distribution will not only save time and resources, it will also provide unprecedented public access via the district web site to agenda items and other board-related information. This process will allow public to review many handouts and other information prior to board meetings. All documents associated with the meeting are automatically archived and can be accessed by meeting date or by using the system's search feature.
BoardDocs was initially developed in 2000 for a Georgia school district. Since then, more than 350 governing bodies nationwide have adopted the system. By making meeting agendas and supporting documents available on the Internet, the Bettendorf Board of Education documents will be distributed quicker and more efficiently. See the new system by going to the Board section of the District website www.bettendorf.k12.ia.us and clicking on the link to "agendas."