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District 61 To Discuss Televising Board Meetings

Officials would have to determine the cost of televising meetings, including what equipment might be needed.

A request for to televise meetings will be discussed by board members next month.

“It came up from a resident who had seen that the does that and he was inquiring, ‘Has the board ever considered this?’,” Bob Carlo, superintendent of District 61, said Thursday. “And the board really hasn’t had a discussion about it.”

During Tuesday’s board meeting, some members said they would like to pursue the topic.

“I’d be interested in putting that on a future agenda,” said board member Claudia Manley.

Carlo said officials would have to determine the cost of televising meetings, including what equipment might be needed, and if someone would have to be there to run the equipment.

“We can get volunteers (to run the equipment),” said Board member Deborah Gaspari.

As for whether he thinks the community would take advantage of televised meetings, Carlo isn’t sure.

“Our meetings are at night so people can come, and we have minutes (from the meetings) up on our website,” he said. “I don’t know if people would watch it or not.”

However, Carlo does see the benefits of televising meetings.

“We like for people to know what’s going on and it’s an avenue to do it,” he said. “It’ll be an interesting discussion in December to see what the board’s thoughts on it are.”

The next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at .

Joanne Coleman November 18, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Is the invitation from the City still open for the District 61 Board to use the Council Chambers for televising their meetings? If so, it would be a win-win for the taxpayers -cost savings and more transparency.
John Cunningham January 10, 2012 at 06:33 PM
A number of the board members are against transparency. They feel taxpayers would not benefit from televised meetings. People need to attend the meetings and get a feel for what is happening inside the district.

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