Integrated cloud-based suite of tools was most cost effective and flexible solution
January 22, 2011– Atlanta – eBOARDsolutions is pleased to announce that their web-based suite of tools, eBOARD, has been selected by the Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center (MHRIC) as the best tool for streamlining board of education operations to offer to their member districts and BOCES in the state of New York.
Responding to the challenges board members face in the digital age became a top priority of the Application Training division at the Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center (MHRIC). After receiving numerous inquiries into possible solutions to streamline Board communications and increase community involvement, the MHRIC recently announced a partnership with eBOARDsolutions. Stacey Ross, Manager of Application Training at MHRIC, explains, “An integrated suite of cloud-based tools, eBOARD will better enable districts to support their Board of Education, reduce volumes of paper each month for the board packets, and offer districts a tool that can grow with them as the need arises.”
The use of eBOARD for managing meetings will also address a new state law in New York that requires public documents to be posted online prior to meetings. According to an article in the Times Herald Record, this law will take effect February 2, 2012 and should apply to planning boards, industrial development agencies, school boards and legislative committees. eBOARD will meet this requirement.
MHRIC also wanted a solution that could link district goals to action items and enhance the effectiveness of all district meetings. They found that eBOARDs’ modules allow districts the cost-effective option of choosing only the modules that meet their needs, while maintaining the flexibility to grow the system in the future.
According to MHRIC, some products they evaluated evaluated were cost-prohibitive or limited the use of the product to strictly the Board of Education meeting. In contrast, eBOARD was a very cost-effective way to manage multiple meetings with unlimited meeting types including public and internal meetings.
Adds Ross, “This was the most flexible solution by far. We were also drawn to the fact that eBOARD had an app for the iPad as many board members and school administrator are now starting to adopt.”
eBOARD was selected by the MHRIC after thorough research, including consultation and demonstrations with several vendors that responded to the MHRIC’s Request For Proposal (RFP) process, and most importantly, Board Clerks in several Hudson Valley school districts.
“As a Board Clerk, one of my favorite features of this program is the ability to index and search minutes and agendas for archived data,” notes Roxanne Babcock, clerk for Ulster BOCES. “This is normally a very time consuming task which would be reduced significantly by this program’s capability.”
Imagine your entire team, all operating on the same page, with a clear understanding of the expectations necessary to prepare your students for college, career, and life. eBOARD is more than just a piece of governance software; it is the only system in the marketplace to centralize, communicate, and align strategic and operational plans, leader evaluations, board policies, administrative regulations, meeting agendas and other important communications and documents.
eBOARD is a cloud-based governance tool that helps organizations by:
- Providing a single source for access to pertinent data for effective decision-making
- Stakeholders can easily find information through advanced search capabilities
- Saving time and money by streamlining workflow and eliminating paper dependency
- Enhancing communications with all stakeholders
eBOARD Modules include:
- Strategic Plan - Monitor, track, manage and report on the organization’s strategic plan to all stakeholders
- Meetings - Streamline agenda preparation and enhance the effectiveness of all meetings (not just board meetings)
- Evaluation – Enhance, align and streamline governance and leadership evaluations and assessments
- Policy – Publish policies, regulations and exhibits for easy access by all stakeholders
- Communications – Improve communications with all stakeholders
- Documents – Build an online library for easy access to important documents
eBOARDsolutions (EBS) is the leader in the effective integration of technology and governance. EBS products are used by over 180 local boards of education, state boards of education, state agencies and associations.
eBOARDsolutions has a strategic partnership with the following associations:
- Alabama Association of School Boards
- Arkansas School Boards Association
- Georgia School Boards Association
- Iowa Association of School Boards
- North Carolina School Boards Association
- NY Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center
- Wisconsin School Boards Association
The Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center is one of twelve New York State Regional Information Centers that offers cost effective, efficient, and reliable management technology services to school districts. The MHRIC serves forty-seven school districts and four BOCES in Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. For over thirty years, the MHRIC has processed millions of payroll and accounting checks, schedules, grade reports, and New York State standardized tests.
In addition, the MHRIC’s talented staff has trained thousands of school district personnel in the use of technology. By supporting a centralized state-of-the-art information center, school districts in the Mid-Hudson region have saved time, money, and precious district resources. This has allowed our districts to dedicate their talents to what they know best: education.