Two area school districts are using the internet to make their meetings more publicly accessible and to save resources.
The Bristol Township and Neshaminy school districts recently switched from using thick paper agenda packets at school board meetings to using a easy-to-use online service called BoardDocs.
The online system went online in Bristol Township in December and Tuesday evening in Neshaminy.
The powerful online-based system gives district officials, board members and the public instant access to agendas and past meeting minutes with just a few clicks. In addition, the public can get instant access to the documents, board attendance and see who voted for or against agenda items.
Angela Nober, school board president in Bristol Township, said the new system took some time to get used to but makes meetings more open.
“We know it enhances our transparency with the public,” Neshaminy Superintendent Joseph Jones said.
In addition, officials from both districts said the paper-less method will save money and save time used to prepare printed board packets.