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Franklin Regional board meetings could be televised by fall

| Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Franklin Regional School Board could be live on television as early as this fall.

Planned upgrades to the video-production equipment at the high school would enable the district to televise its bimonthly board meetings on Channel 19, the local public-access cable channel.

“There's a potential to do something like (televising meetings),” said Brad Schrecengost, supervisor of technology for the district.

But staffing is the issue, officials said. Getting students to volunteer to staff the meetings, which begin at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month and can last two to three hours each would be difficult, officials said.

Community members and school board members alike have asked about televising the meetings for the past several years. Officials have said the move was cost-prohibitive and cited the lack of compatible equipment. Murrysville, which airs its council and some committee meetings on Channel 19, has compatible equipment built into the municipal building.

Schrecengost said that a portable TV studio was planned for the 2011-12 school year but was deferred a year. The $50,000 project, slated to be completed this summer, will enable students to broadcast from anywhere on the campus.

Several board members were happy to hear that such a project could lay the groundwork for televising meetings.

“If the costs become less, maybe this can happen,” board member Paul Scheinert said.

by Daveen Rae Kurutz

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