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Oct. 15, 2008

The Illinois Association of School Boards announced today (Oct. 15, 2008) that it has established a partnership with the Texas Association of School Boards to make its online board agenda building service available to IASB member districts.

BoardBook is a web-based software application that is designed to streamline the preparation, distribution and publication of board agenda packets. It allows participating districts to electronically distribute the agenda, post selected materials online and conduct paperless meetings.

In addition to the savings for printing and copying costs and reduced staff time, BoardBook offers a direct link to a variety of IASB resources including resources for running effective meetings and pertinent legal requirements regarding board meetings, such as the Open Meetings Act. In addition, a district may link its own resources, such as its board policy manual, staff directory and annual calendar.

"School board members are only as effective as their meetings are," says Michael D. Johnson, executive director of IASB. "We are pleased to be partnering with a fellow state school board association to bring our members this valuable, easy-to-use instrument."

BoardBook is now in use in more than 450 school districts nationwide, according to Tim Curtis, director of BoardBook for the Texas association.

There is no software to install or set-up fees. Annual subscriptions include personalized staff training, customization to your district, excellent telephone support service, and online help features.

IASB will be demonstrating its newest member service at the Joint Annual Conference in November. For information about the benefits of BoardBook or to sign up for a free online demonstration, contact Laurel DiPrima at either IASB office, extension 1245, e-mail or Scott Ballew at

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