The time and energy spent on leave forms and substitute teacher requests could soon be a thing of the past in the Hermiston School District.

Members of the school district staff are unde going training for a new type of leave-request, substitute-request process that will effectively end the need for teachers or classified staff to fill out forms requesting a leave of absences.

"It's a big process, we want to eliminate the paper-and-pencil process we currently use because it just bogs down staff," said Wade Smith, assistant superintendent.

Smith said the process of making the switch requires a lot of training and time.

The digitization of the district's leave and substitute requests is just one part of a full-tech upgrade the district is slowly undergoing with the help of $2.5 million from the $69.9 million bond project.

Smith said the district is looking to upgrade its security systems in the years to come, installing new security cameras to both avert potential criminal activity during after-school hours and during school hours.

Also on the table are the use of new door locks, ones that will key cards that can be coded for certain doors at certain times, and if lost, will be deactivated, eliminating any security risk if someone were to find the key.

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