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KCAT to Videotape School Board Meetings

Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District trustees approve contact with Comcast community access station to air meetings.

trustees approved Tuesday evening a contract with —the Comcast community access station that operates on the campus—to videotape and post on their channel the remainder of their meetings during the 2011-12 school year.

According to the contract presented to trustees by , the station will also provide opportunities for students to learn how to offer the video recording and posting services to the community, thus reducing costs.

The services are expected to begin Jan. 17, 2012 and end June 30, 2012 and will include all board meetings until then.

Cost of the service will be $75 an hour per meeting, including time station employees will need to set up and taken down the videotaping equipment, the contract said. Good news is that the first two meetings will be free.

If the board chooses to hold meetings at a location with videotaping equipment, there will be no set-up and take-down charges, Mistele said in a memo to trustees.

will act as a consultant during the duration of the contract and the station will provide two staff members on site during the filming of meetings.

Mistele has said in a staff report the cost to televise 15 meetings would cost the district about $5,250. Any contract over $1,000 requires board approval in the district, according to a staff report.

The district will also have to spend money upgrading its sound system at both Los Gatos and Saratoga high school libraries, where it usually holds its meetings.

KCAT has been providing production services to Los Gatos High School for some time. It has aired several sporting events, including water polo, basketball and wrestling matches and the graduation ceremony in May, Bryan said.

The station has also launched a 15-minute live newscast using student reporters and crew at no cost.

Donna McCurrie December 08, 2011 at 12:03 AM
Hats off to the high school board of trustees for implementing this program. This is a win-win for everyone. It will increase communication, awareness and transparency between the high school district and the LG and Saratoga communities. Hopefully LGUSD will jump on the band wagon.
LL in LG December 10, 2011 at 01:20 AM
I think the cost seems like a small price to pay for the benefits that this program will provide to our community. Since the high school district meetings often conflict with the elementary district board meetings in Los Gatos, this will increase access for those of us who have children in and are trying to be informed and active in both districts. However, I would encourage parents to attend the board meetings live whenever you can. The best way to stay involved and engaged in your child's education is to be a part of the process and to have your voice heard. These meetings are an appropriate and important forum for parents to gain insight and provide feedback.

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