West Virginia Board of Education Embraces 21st Century Skills With Paperless Agendas

January 10, 2007

CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Board of Education has taken its efforts to incorporate 21st century skills into schools to heart by embracing new technology that allows them to abandon outdated paper agendas at its monthly meetings in favor of electronic ones.  

Equipped with laptop computers, the board conducted its two-day January meeting this week without the mountain of paper documents that had become all too common. Past agendas had included upwards of 200 pages each. About 30 copies were printed each month and then delivered or mailed to board members, West Virginia Department of Education employees and others.  

“As we move forward with our 21st Century Learning initiative, using tools of the 21st century is the right thing to do,” said West Virginia Board of Education President Lowell Johnson. “It seemed wrong to ask students, teachers, parents and others to adopt new technology if we were not willing to do so ourselves. This is a positive move that can only foster better communication.”  

The paperless agendas also make late changes and revisions easier and allow for fast, quick communication to the board, staff and public. It is expected to save thousands of dollars long-term.  

State policies, announcements, data and many other electronic resources are already posted on the state Department of Education’s Web site at http://wvde.state.wv.us.  

“It is important that we continue to look for ways like this to improve how we communicate in the increasingly connected world of the 21st century,” Board Vice President Delores Cook said. “The paperless agenda allows us to enhance public access to information.”  

For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro, director of the Office of Communications, at 304-558-2699.