Academy school board votes to spend up to $10,000 to put video of meetings online

The Gazette (Colorado Springs):  Parents and community members who can’t make it to twice monthly board meetings of Academy School District 20’s elected leadership soon will be able to watch video recordings of the meetings online.

After initially resisting a request that began over the summer from a few parents for D-20 to do more than provide an audio recording and minutes for public perusal, the five-member board agreed Thursday night to adopt a video plan.

“I’m very pleased,” said parent Mike Esty, who led the charge for videotaping. “I want to make sure they move forward with it and not procrastinate.”

Board members directed Superintendent Mark Hatchell to by Oct. 30 “oversee the purchase and installation of video equipment.”

D-20 will spend up to $10,000 from its budget on the project. Equipment rental options also will be considered.

Stationary cameras will be set up in the board room, capturing the dais as well as podium speakers. The videos will be “made available to the public in a timely fashion via the district’s website,” according to the resolution.

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