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Pasco School Board not quite paperless after nearly a year



It's been almost a year since the Pasco School Board began putting all its meeting agenda materials online with one ostensible goal of saving a tree or two.

We reported back in July that the changeover hadn't stopped some board members from continuing to request printed copies of the inches-thick document. Six months later, it appears some still haven't gotten used to the idea of going paper-free, even as they regularly haul out their laptops and/or iPads to consult during meetings.

The district still prints out eight copies of the agenda before each meeting -- one for each board member, one for the superintendent, another for the United School Employees of Pasco, and a final one for the record. That's down from the 40 it used to provide to various requesters including the Tampa Bay Times. But it's not the desired goal.

Compounding matters, the district got rid of its printing department. So now it's up to staff to make the copies, presumably instead of other work that could be done. Word is that the new goal is to wean the board and superintendent within a month or two. We'll let you know.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 12:07pm]


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