BoardDocs Subscribers Rank Nationally for Technology Performance

Paraphrased from an article that ran in The Star (Shelby, NC)

November 1, 2009

The winners in the annual Digital School Districts Survey conducted by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education, the National School Boards Association and Converge Online magazine, have been announced and five of the top 10 winners are BoardDocs subscribers!

Winners and current BoardDocs users include: 1st place Jefferson County Public Schools, CO; 3rd place Clark County School District, NV; 4th place Frederick County Public Schools, MD; 5th place Cleveland County Schools, NC; and 7th place Loudon County Public Schools, VA.

Winning school boards and districts were placed in three categories based on enrollment. Those districts that demonstrated the most comprehensive use of digital standards were chosen as the top 10-ranking districts.

For the fifth year, the Cleveland County Board of Education, NC has been named among the top 10 winners. CCS Instructional Technology Director Cheryl Lutz cited several factors in Cleveland County’s improved ranking for 2009 including the use of more information-sharing resources with the community:

The board began using the online school board program, BoardDocs that provides for the posting of agendas, meeting schedules, board minutes, policies and announcements at all times on the school district website. BoardDocs also allows a visual presence at meetings with agendas, attachments, presentations and voting results visible to the public.
The public may follow board of education meetings on Twitter.
The board’s strategic plan encourages teachers to create web pages to communicate with parents and students.
The administration encourages schools to improve and update their websites to enhance communication and customer service with the quarterly competition, Sites to See.

All U.S. public school districts were invited to participate in the study which examines and documents school boards online presence, technology applications that allow the public to interact with school board members as well as their access to information such as school board calendars, policies and agendas, and technology advancements in the school board chambers.

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