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Pasco School Board members still ask for printed copies of electronic agenda



It's been several months since the Pasco School Board first started posting its agenda and backing materials online. The goal, supposedly, was to save the district the time and expense of printing multiple copies of the inches-thick document every other week.

That hasn't stopped board members from requesting a printed copy anyway. Each could be seen referring to the book during Tuesday's meeting, despite having access to the electronic version right in front of them.

"I'd much rather have it in printed format so I can put stickers and notes on it," explained board member Steve Luikart. He said he's working on becoming accustomed to looking at the agenda on his iPad, and that he might abandon the paper copy once it becomes easier to make notes on a computerized page.

Board member Cynthia Armstrong said she prefers the online agenda.

"The book is too huge, thick and cumbersome," she said.

But staff members often refer to page numbers from the book that are not on the electronic pages, Armstrong said. So she gets the paper copy "so I'm not stumbling to get where everyone else is."

Dennis Alfonso, the board's lawyer, has stopped taking the book and uses his laptop to look at documents. He prints out any documents he needs to get his hands on. Board officials say that's the goal, eventually, for everyone. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 11:31am]


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