Michigan City school board going paperless

2013-05-16T18:25:00Z 2013-05-19T00:23:05Z Michigan City school board going paperlessStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 16, 2013 6:25 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | It's a sign of the times but not everybody is happy about the Michigan City School Board going paperless.

The school board Tuesday night decided to use computer devices to review school corporation related documents digitally instead of the current practice of being handed the material on paper.

Board member Beryle Burgwald said the paperless trend in society has gone too far, referring to a quote by the late poet Ogden Nash in saying, "Progress was OK in its day. It just went on too long."

"I much prefer to have a piece of paper in front of me so if I read through it I can take notes on the side and if I have any questions ask them at a board meeting," said Burgwald.

Supporters claim going paperless will save money.

Each board member was given the option of staying with paper documents or switching to either a laptop or iPad to review digitally the board agenda and other information.

Initially, it was proposed the school corporation give each board member who opted into the program a $250 stipend to help cover the cost of the device.

That was removed, though, pending a review by school corporation legal counsel.

"I want the attorney to tell me if we can do that. I'm not sure if that is considered a gratuity," said school board vice president Jim Kintzele.

Kintzele says he has no problems going paperless but wonders how much money, if any, will be saved.

He says documents on the computer screen can still be printed.

"Until somebody proves it to me I have to see where we are saving money,"said Kintzele.

For now, Burgwald says he is declining the offer to go digital.

"I am not a computer expert," he said.

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