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July 30, 2013

County set to use white board for webinars, education

NORMAN — Cleveland County has a new smart board to help with employee training. The $12,000 investment in the 80-inch touch TV, white board and computer will ultimately save the county time and money, county officials said Monday.

The smart board was installed in the county commissioners’ meeting room at the Cleveland County Courthouse. That room is used for weekly Board of County Commissioner meetings and a few other meetings and the rest of the time sits vacant. Adding the smart board is a new way to make the most of that space’s use.

The big plus, however, Commissioner Rod Cleveland and County Clerk Tammy Belinson said, is the long-term savings on travel costs.

Topping the list of uses for the new smart board are OSU training courses required by the state. In the past, county employees had to travel to those classes, many of which were out of town. Now, many classes will be taken by webinar using the new smart board.

“You can have group discussion with other locations,” Belinson said. “This will help us with the travel. We have so many employees that have families, and they just don’t want to travel out of town to do training.”

Charges associated with traveling to training classes can include mileage, per diem expenses for meals and the overnight cost of staying in a hotel.

The new board also can be used for human resources training and to educate employees on insurance options and choices. Belinson said the safety director also can use the smart board for his training courses.

“I really think it’s going to be an exciting tool for the county to use,” Belinson said.

More employees will get training and, by using the webinar, can discuss how what they’ve learned applies specifically to Cleveland County.

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