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SIMBLI amazing

CCA Board Members obtain a new tool for greater efficiency

OXFORD– School board members have a plethora of documents to keep track of: everything from meeting agendas to “board packets” for those meetings, to the district’s library of policies and procedures. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, like many districts and businesses, utilized Google Docs for several years as a repository and means of distributing board documents while posting the policies on the district’s website. Thanks to a new tool, the board has a one-stop-shop on their Chromebook tablets to access it all.
The board members were introduced to SIMBLI, the new tool, in a web-based training session during their regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Clear Creek Elementary, in Oxford.
According to eBOARDsolutions, the creators of SIMBLI, the board members and district administration (board secretary and superintendent) will be able to streamline meeting agenda preparation with easy and secure access to meeting materials. In compliance with Iowa Code and the open meeting laws, public access to agendas and minutes of meetings will still be provided. However, Board Packets prepared ahead of meetings sometimes contain confidential information pertaining to district employees or students, which is not open to the public, thus necessitating the secure access.
Other features, according to the SIMBLI website, are the ability to “Develop, communicate and collaborate on policies and procedures in real time,” as well as the ability to “Prepare and conduct board self-assessments, leader evaluations, and organizational reviews.” eBOARDsolutions claims more than 500 customers in 25 states with a renewal (yearly subscription to the service) of 98 percent.