Mountain View Voice

News - March 29, 2013

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School board meetings to be broadcast

The Mountain View Whisman School District is moving along in its plan to film and broadcast board meetings.

At the March 21 board of trustees meeting, Superintendent Craig Goldman and district administrators sought advice on how to proceed with exploring options for videotaping and live-streaming meetings on the web.

Trustee Chris Chiang, who has pushed streaming the meetings live using the free online software Google Hangouts, questioned whether spending money to partner with local cable access channel KMVT was worthwhile. Chiang said he believes that using Google Hangouts would be effective. Furthermore, he likes the Google Hangout software because it could be used to take virtual comments from people watching live streams of meetings from home.

Trustees Bill Lambert and Steven Nelson, however, said they believe many district residents don't have access to the kind of hardware and Internet connection that would allow them to stream meetings. For many Mountain View households, they said, the television is still the primary point of access to outside media — seeming to suggest that a traditional TV option should remain on the table.

— Nick Veronin

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