Paperless school board meetings discussed
Concerns about saving money and trees sparked the Baldwin School Board to discuss having paperless meetings.
Two school board members use their own laptop computers at the meetings, while the others bring the paper copies of the information given to them. The board is looking into providing everyone with an authorized school board laptop to save money on paper.
Although there was no official vote, the board told Supt. Paul Dorathy he should look into the cost of purchasing computers for the next meeting.
“Well, I think there is a consensus in moving toward that direction,” Board President Alison Bauer said.
Bauer brought the conversation to the table Monday night, because she was tired of bringing stacks of papers home from the meetings. Bauer said she wanted to find a solution to printing that much paper for all seven board members.
The board then discussed laptops, which would be used by each board member, because there is often information that is sent to them shortly before the meeting. Board Member Scott Lauridsen said all of the laptops should have wireless Internet connection capabilities, which means the board could check their e-mail to receive late information.
“I think it needs to be a phased approach,” Lauridsen said. “Everybody is going to have to get the stuff ahead of time to be up to speed. The investment is utilizing technology in a way it’s supposed to be used. The board would be a good way to start.”
Bauer asked Dorathy if the district had enough extra laptops for the board to use. He was quick to respond with a “no.”
“This would be a purchase,” Dorathy said. “We are short on laptops here, so this would be a purchase.”
He then suggested purchasing a laptop for each board member and checking it out to them. They would use the computer during their term on the board and turn it back in when their years of service are complete.
The board agreed to pursue this idea and discuss the cost at the November meeting.
In other news from Monday, the board also approved two Capital Outlay bids during the financial report, both unanimously. They approved a 2009 Ford F250 truck for $19,957 from Laird Noller in Lawrence.
The board also approved the purchase of a Bobcat S205 Skid-Steer Loader with bucket and pallet forks from KC Bobcat. The purchase is for $6,000 for the first year, but if the board wishes to keep the Bobcat, it will have to pay the rest of the $28,761.02 total.
The Bobcat will be used for moving pallets of paper and also for snow removal. The district will be looking into purchasing a brush attachment for snow removal.
At the end of the meeting, the board approved the monthly personnel report. It included the resignations of Kip Clark (Baldwin High School assistant wrestling coach) and Gerald Roach (BHS assistant baseball coach).
The hires included Shelley McKaig (BHS food service), Jana Hawkins (BHS musical accompanist), Arielle Wheeler (BHS musical accompanist), Cindy Phillips (Marion Springs Elementary School food service), John Eastburn (maintenance and grounds) and Mary Johnson (maintenance and grounds).
The next scheduled school board meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the District Office.