WC school board to go paperless

The Webster City Community School District Board of Directors is preparing to hold paperless board meetings.

At their regular meeting on Monday, the board approved a contract with Web School Tools to provide them with paperless software. Superintendent Mike Sherwood said the board is implementing the plan after they began discussing the idea about a year ago.

Nearby school districts, such as those in Fort Dodge and Iowa Falls, utilize that same software according to Sherwood. Board Secretary Cathi Hildebrand said, after previewing the software, that she liked it.

“It’s very user friendly, and I think it’s going to work out really well,” Hildebrand said.

The board will begin using the software following a training session. Sherwood said he anticipates the board will be paperless by their first meeting in September. The board’s contract included a setup fee of $250 and an annual subscription fee of $700.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the board passed a resolution approving the transfer of $50,000 from the district’s general fund to the food service fund. The interfund loan, according to Hildebrand, will cover a shortfall in food service funding. Specifically, she said it will fund summer payroll and startup food costs for the upcoming school year.

This is the third year in a row that the district has approved an interfund loan to the food service fund, according to Hildebrand. Sherwood said several factors led to the repeated interfund loans. That includes food costs and new nutrition guidelines which he said impacted “a la carte” lunch sales.

“We’re not the only school district that’s struggling with this. A lot of them are,” Hildebrand said.

In other business, the board reviewed recently attended conferences and discussed work session and board meeting presentation ideas for the upcoming year.

The next regular board meeting is set for Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. in the School Administration Office Board Room.