Located approximately 45 kilometres southeast of Vancouver, B.C., Langley School District provides services to students residing in the Katzie, Kwantlen and Matsqui First Nations, the City of Langley and the Township of Langley. A sustainable solution to reducing paper use and streamlining meetings is essential to the School District’s vision of being an innovative, inspiring and unified learning community.
Langley School District needed a paperless system to streamline meeting processes for their 2,500 staff and 20,000 students. Laurie Mason, Executive Assistant to the Secretary Treasurer, wanted to find a system that was in keeping with their “Sustainable Digital Transformation”, which includes a 35% print reduction in 5 years.
Redundant, Inefficient, Expensive, Stressful
Before eSCRIBE, the meeting process was all paper based: approval process, copying, collating. This was a heavy burden on staff, who worked on tight deadlines with strict format and guidelines, and often worked right up to the courier arriving at the door. With 55 meeting packages per meeting and an average of 100 pages each, plus the additional courier costs, the costs in inefficiencies and burden on staff were staggering. Not to mention the huge amount of stress that placed the staff under. “This was very time consuming, and highly dependent on external factors, such as the copier being able to work at its optimum capability and functioning well, to finding a courier that was willing to wait for you while you reprinted,” said Mason. “Furthermore, delivery can be a headache. Packages that were expected to arrive at a certain time could be delayed a few days because of delivery schedules of the courier. That meant meeting participants had less time to prepare for the meetings.”
Time for a Sustainable Transformation
The process began with the Board of Education’s motion made at the Regular Board Meeting of May 15, 2012 stating:
“After paring the shortlist down to 3 meeting management solution providers, I surveyed my colleagues out in the system to determine what software they used and to provide any feedback on their experience with it,” said Mason. “The feedback I received was that the programs of the main competitors to eSCRIBE were very cumbersome, hard to use, constantly had problems, and they had to continually rebuild the program because of common issues. eSCRIBE users that I spoke with were very pleased with the software and the company support team. They seemed very happy with their choice.”
The eSCRIBE meeting management solution puts everything at their fingertips — instantly and securely, consolidated and archived. No more collating hundreds of pages while the courier waits at the door. No more costs for paper, printing and colour graphics. No more searching for hard copies of archived material. What’s more, meeting participants are not bound by physical location, enabling Board members and the Leadership Team to have access to information from anywhere, at any time, and to collaborate on meeting notes and agendas. And eSCRIBE is secure, tailored to the Canadian user. “Our Superintendent liked the fact that eSCRIBE uses a Canadian server. Both the other shortlisted vendors use U.S. servers; their freedom of information is very different from Canada, and that was a concern for us,” says Mason. Besides the Superintendent, the Director of IT was also involved when making their decision.
“Our IT Director liked eSCRIBE’s implementation plan, it was a smoother, easier plan compared with the others, and there was minimal support required from the IT Department than expected,