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Gateway officials aim to reduce unnecessary paper use

| Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Technology is outpacing paper products at Gateway as administrators, teachers and elected officials work to save taxpayers' money and a few trees in the process.

District officials project a 30-percent reduction in the amount of paper that's purchased this year, Gateway business director Paul Schott said.

Information that was mailed to parents now is communicated with an email blast or a districtwide phone call, district spokeswoman Cara Zanella said.

Individualized online pass codes at every grade level this year will allow parents to check grades and notifications pertaining to their child online, Zanella said.

Agenda packets for school directors were replaced with iPad tablets; the annual budget now is distributed in PDF form.

Administrators are asked to use online drop boxes to share documents and to use both sides of paper if they have to make copies, Zanella said.

“We are asked to stop and think, do we need a paper copy?” Zanella said.

“We're learning to think out of the box.”

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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