School district introduces digital agendas for board meetings

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School board member Cathy Thigpen (left) leans over to help Chairman Rodney Walker as they all tested out a digital agenda for the first time at a workshop Thursday.

KATIE TAMMEN / Northwest Florida Daily News
Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10:49 AM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Paper is out and laptop computers are in at Okaloosa County School Board meetings.

After decades of relying on printed documents, the school district has joined many others across the nation in using the E-agenda.

“It was just time,” School Board member Cathy Thigpen said. “(I’m) just glad that we had the capability to do it.”

After researching different programs for about a year, the district finally chose a program called Board Docs, which is used by other organizations in the state, including the Florida School Board Association, said Eric Mitchell, who oversees technology for the district.

It cost $10,500 to implement the program and technology, according to Chief Financial Officer Rita Scallan.

Board members had a few qualms just before Thursday’s workshop, but with two IT employees standing behind them to help, they made it through their first meeting of the digital era.

View the agenda for the upcoming meeting »



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