Lights, camera, board action?
POTTSTOWN PA – Will the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors hit the small screen in a big way?
It’s a tantalizing question based on a single-line entry in the agenda for tonight’s (Tuesday, March 11, 2014) board meeting, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School, 1329 Buchert Rd. “Video Streaming Board Meetings” is the otherwise unexplained title that appears as a discussion item for consideration during the report of district Superintendent Shellie Feola.
Video streaming is the practice of broadcasting a live camera feed of an event to a viewing audience, usually via the Internet. It has been a way for governments and organizations to increasingly make their deliberations available to those who cannot, or choose not, to travel to an otherwise open and public session.
Depending on its form, a video stream could potentially be received on smartphones, tablets or other high-end mobile devices; on computer screens, and even on Internet-ready televisions.
Also Tuesday night, board members are scheduled to hear presentations for the district’s proposed 2014-2015 academic year budgets for technology, and curriculum and instruction.
Both carry recommended expenses of which directors have been forewarned. The technology budget includes Pottsgrove’s earlier announced proposal to lease devices for one-to-one computing among middle and high school students, at a cost of more than $200,000. The curriculum budget is said to suggest hiring one or more new teachers.
Among written policy changes to be discussed is language regarding a recommendation, initiated last year, that Pottsgrove add non-voting student representatives to its board.