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During the North Syracuse Central School District's board meeting Monday June 1, a presentation on a paperless option for the school board was given by Onondaga Cortland Madison County BOCES staff representative Scott Nickerson.

Superintendent of Schools Jerome F. Melvin said that if the board decides that it favors the idea, then the district will soon after make a decision on whether or not it will adopt the paperless system.

{Q}"The system would save the district a lot of money," Melvin said.{Q}

The system presented to the board operates through BoardDocs, a digital and paperless system used to create reliable, readily accessible information for meetings.

BoardDocs is a 100 percent secure Web site that allows materials to be accessed 24/7. BoardDocs is designed for school boards and currently serves 300-plus organizations nationwide, including Baldwinsville and Fayetteville-Manlius. The system is supported by the Central New York Regional Information Center.

According to Fayetteville-Manlius' school district, the paperless system is saving the district $13,000 annually in copying and mailing costs.

Some of the components of BoardDocs include an easy-to-navigate homepage, an electronic policy manual, a powerful search engine and secure content areas.

The paperless system would be projected on a screen for meetings, while the public can view the material during the time leading up to the information. Board members can also log into the site to view additional non-public information.

Laptops would be used during the meetings so that board members can access their accounts during the meeting and find information for the meeting.

The board will announce whether or not the system will be used in a future meeting.

In other business:

Cicero-North Syracuse High School Executive Principal James Froio discussed a class credit recovery program that would function within a research-based courseware called NovaNet. The courseware contains more than 6,000 hours of comprehensive curriculum in the full range of subjects for grades 6 through 12.

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