School board allows video recording of meetings for online viewing within 48 hours

CLARKSVILLE, TN (NOW CLARKSVILLE) – Josh Baggett, who is finishing his term as District 7 headquarters, made one final proposal to the Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board during Tuesday night’s meeting: that all meetings be broadcast in live online.

Although board members did not adopt Baggett’s initial proposal, they unanimously approved making the meetings available for online video viewing later, within 24 to 48 hours of the meeting. , to allow closed captions to be added to videos.

Baggett argues for live streaming

“Six o’clock on a Tuesday night is not really a good time for (parents) to do these meetings,” Baggett told the council.

“I understand why we meet when we meet, but if you look at the fact that (the parents) have other students, they probably take care of other things like homework, sports, clubs and dinner . I would feel like this option would give them the option to watch this on their tablet, phone or laptop while doing these activities, or if they need to come back and watch it at a separate time , they can do it too,” Baggett said.

District 4 board member Kent Griffy said he was not in favor of it going live. “There is rarely live television with professionals,” he said. “It’s delayed a few seconds. I think it would be wiser to take the halfway route: film it and go where people can watch the meeting at their convenience without having to be here at 6 p.m. »

Baggett said he would rather have it recorded later and available for viewing than not record school board meetings at all.

Cost of benefits

Baggett asked if CMCSS spokesman Anthony Johnson had included in the estimates he received for the cost of filming board meetings the cost of filming meetings for later viewing.

“Whatever the board decides, we can do it anyway, but what we included was a quote for the live stream,” he said, noting that it was estimated between $150 and $200 per hour for live captioning broadcast.

He said the total initial cost was $50,000 for the equipment, but they could use the grant funds. Johnson said he estimates it will cost between $200 and $300 per month.

Johnson then explained to Clarksville Now the cost breakdown.

“Initially for the live stream, the district was estimating around $50,000 for the initial setup. The estimated $50,000 was for cameras, streaming equipment, A/V upgrade, adding camera controls and other necessary equipment or potential installation costs,” Johnson said. “With the decision to video-record meetings and post them online later, the district will need to reassess the logistics and equipment and personnel needed to develop an updated plan and cost estimate,” a- he added.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 6 at 6 p.m. at 621 Gracey Ave.

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