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City’s school board going paperless
Preparing for monthly Fredericksburg School Board meetings will get significantly easier for Debbie Wright, the clerk of the School Board.
Thanks to Acer tablets the School Board started using at Monday’s meeting, she won’t have to make 28 packets of information anymore.
The Fredericksburg School Board learned how to use the tablets Monday in a work session before the regular meeting began.
Bob Young, the school system’s director of technology, led the board members through basic tutorials, such as how to connect to Wi–Fi and how to launch the software that shows them the agendas for the meetings.
Each tablet has a wireless keyboard for the board members to use as well.
Young told them that with practice, they would get more comfortable with using them. They even used them for their meeting Monday night right after their training.
After the meeting, board members said that they didn’t have any trouble using them.
Board member Jannan Holmes said the tablet worked well for her. Board member Jarvis Bailey said tablets are where everyone is going.
The Fredericksburg City Council, the Stafford Board of Supervisors and the Stafford Planning Commission all use iPads, and the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors has access to iPads.
Fourth-graders at Lafayette Upper Elementary School have already been using the tablets in the classroom throughout the school year.
Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413