Pasco looks to save some trees
Every other week, Pasco School Board members and 28 other people get an inches-thick agenda filled with memos, contracts, reports and other official business. Next week's packet logs in at 634 pages -- pages that several board members long have requested to receive electronically instead.
That day soon may come.
The secretaries who compile and archive Pasco's board agendas are out today visiting the Pinellas school district to check out its e-agenda program. They've already gone to the City of St. Petersburg to see how that government puts its meeting documents online, and reviewed the systems used in the Hillsborough and Charlotte school districts, too.
The goal, officials say, is to have the Pasco board's information go paperless within the year, saving thousands of sheets of paper a month while also making it easier for the general public to access the items coming to the board.
Pasco also is looking into upgrades for its decades-old finance and business computer system, which has frustrated administrators in their efforts to streamline operations. Most of the other area districts are there. We can hardly wait for Pasco to catch up.