School board adopts Web posting system

December 23, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education has voted to become one of the first school boards in Maryland to post copious meeting documents on the Internet.

The 7-1 decision last week means that the board will adopt BoardDocs, a program it has been testing since the summer.

Board President Paul G. Rudolph voted against continuing the service, which he has said is inconvenient and might turn out to be too costly. It costs $650 a month to subscribe, and the school system paid about $22,000 in startup costs.

Other board members said it saves paper and allows more people to participate in school board business.

About a week before each of the board's bimonthly meetings, anyone can view staff reports, school system contracts, board resolutions and other documents that pertain to the agenda online.

They are accessible through the school system's Web site,

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