Trustees consider going paperless

Board of Education trustee packages may soon be contained on computer tablets.

Langley Board of Education trustee Rod Ross suffers from “paper guilt.”

Acting as a trustee for more than a decade now, Ross has recycled hundreds of thousands of pieces of paper in school board agendas and reports.

But his guilt may not last much longer, if the board decides to go paperless.

“If you look around this table, look at the staff time that goes into photocopying, stapling and paper clipping,” said trustee Rob McFarlane.

Secretary-treasurer David Green said in other districts they have managed to recoup the start-up costs in around 18 months.

Going paperless will mean the board  members will get some sort of tablet, using a program like eScribe to access the agenda and reports that are part of it.

Trustee Candy Ashdown pointed out that programs like eScribe allow them to do easy searches of topics and sections of previous agendas for background.

Staff will prepare a business case to go paperless at the Oct. 23 meeting.