The District is leveraging the Internet to enhance governance and provide a basis for better communication with the public. The new eGovernance initiative will replace the old method of compiling, printing, binding and distributing a limited number of paper meeting documents with electronic distribution. By making meeting agendas and supporting documents available on the Internet, we will be able to distribute documents associated with a meeting more quickly and efficiently.
Electronic distribution will not only save time and resources it will also provide unprecedented public access to information that board members use to make decisions. Through our web site, the public can view the agenda and the supporting documents associated with the meeting. This will allow interested parties to review and print the information prior to the meeting. After the meeting, the individuals can review the agenda items and see what action was taken by the board complete with voting. All documents associated with the meeting are automatically archived and can be accessed by meeting date or by using the comprehensive search feature.
By increasing the time board members have to review information, the new eGovernance initiative will also enable board members to better prepare for meetings. Under the old system, the meeting packet cannot be distributed until every document has been prepared and submitted. Once all the documents were submitted, the staff would spend two days assembling the documents into packets and then distributing the information to the board members. The new system will allow documents to be published to the on-line agenda as they become available extending the time that board members have access to the information by several days. Giving board members more time to review information will enable them to better prepare for the meeting. Board members will also have access to a vast database of best practices from other districts to gain knowledge of initiatives other boards have considered and implemented.
Past agendas and minutes that are not in Board Docs can be obtained by contacting the School Board Secretary at:
Secretary of the Board of Education
1130 Miles Street
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729