Going Paperless Costing Ala. School Board $20,364

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - The Limestone County school system has
purchased IPad tablet computers for each of its school board members, principals and directors even though another year of education budget cuts is possible.

Officials say the new technology is needed to change to paperless meetings.

It will cost $20,364 the first year for equipment and services and $12,816 each year thereafter.

Technology Director Karen Tucker said iPad tablets are easier to
manage and more reliable than the laptops that school board members have now.

Superintendent Barry Carroll told The News Courier that it's the most efficient and budget-neutral way to go paperless.

State officials have warned that tax revenue is not coming in as fast as expected for Alabama's education budget and cuts are possible.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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