Kent’s representative to the Region 1 Board of Education suggested that the board lead the way into a paperless universe this year, saving the district up to $70,000 in copying expenses, paper and postage.
The savings, he said, could be equivalent to providing 88 iPads for the school, the amount paid for coaching stipends or the cost of a step 10 teacher with a master’s degree. “[Principal Matt Harnett] is looking into this kind of thing for the high school,” he said, “but I think the board should lead by example. I don’t think it is fair to ask the rest of school to change culturally when we don’t.”
Business manager said Mr. Harnett’s move to go paperless is in preliminary stages, but that about $20,000 in savings has been identified.
Board members agreed it would be a philosophical change, but also worried that some reports would be hard to read in an electronic format.