Board of Ed Fulfills a Campaign Promise

IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING; Charles County Public Schools Board of Education meetings will be televised this autumn.  Superintendent James Richmond announced the coming coverage at this week’s Board meeting. 

Superintendent Richmond
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"Work continues on the installation of equipment to film Board meetings and to provide live coverage on Channel 96. Installation of wiring, lights and upgraded transmission equipment is beginning this week. The contractor says we are still on track to air our first live meeting on September 11," stated Superintendent Richmond’s report for the last Board meeting.

In 2002, Comcast made four community access channels available to Charles County through their licensing agreement with the county.  The County Commissioners have televised thier meetings since at least 2004.  The towns of Indian Head and La Plata both televise meetings, as well as the Charles County Fire & Rescue Board, Liquor Licensing Board and Board of Appeals.  The Board of Education is the last major governing body to make use of its community access channel. 

Televised Board meetings were originally anticipated for the start of the last school year.  They are the fulfillment of campaign promises made by the members of the Board, all of whom ran on a platform that included the creation of more open communication with the parents and guardians of students.  It’s a prime way for the Board to hold itself responsible to the people whose children are in the Board’s care five days a week, for nine months of the year. 

Live coverage is expected to begin on Comcast Cable channel 96 at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11. 

The update was announced along with additional technology plans to improve communication between parents/guardians and school officials. 

"We are working to provide a way for parents to check their child’s academic progress and attendance on line through a secure program. The "Parent-to-School" program will provide parents access to their child’s demographic information, attendance, grades, transcript and school lunch fund balance. We hope to have the program available in early November," Richmond said in his report to the Board.


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