Knox Community School Board goes to Paperless Meetings

Gary Dulin, Jerry Fletcher, Harold Welter, Mary Lynn Ritchie, Kirk Bennett, Nathan Marcum, Mike Yankauskas, Superintendent A.J. Gappa

The Knox Community School Board went paperless at their meeting last week.

“For a long time, our school board, even before I came into this position, has been talking about going paperless with their board meetings,” said Superintendent A.J. Gappa. “There has been some resistance, of course. Many adults are afraid of technology and it’s just the fear factor of moving forward. It came to the point where it was time to make a move.”

The Board jumped right in.

“At the start of the new year, I said at the first meeting in February, we’re ready to go. I had worked with our Technology Director, Jim Landrum, to get iPads for each of the board members. After talking with an Apple representative when we went to the one-to-one computer lease program, he suggested that we might be able to use iPads instead of laptops for our board members. So, each board member now has their own iPad. We downloaded the agenda, I sent it by email rather than delivering them this week, and things seemed to go pretty well.”

Mr. Gappa said this move will save the school in the cost of paper.

“Instead of having many thick agendas, sometimes 150 pages, or more, on one agenda, it will save in paper costs over a period of time.”