With the board of trustees' informal blessing, officials with the Mountain View Whisman School District have begun taking steps toward establishing a system for video recording and live streaming all board meetings.
After a discussion item at the district's June 20 board of trustees meeting, Superintendent Craig Goldman proposed moving to implement a system in which the public gatherings would be filmed and broadcast using Google Hangouts — a free product that will simultaneously stream the meeting live on YouTube and also allow anyone with access to the video sharing service to watch a meeting after the fact.
Trustee Chris Chiang, who was elected to the board in 2012 after running a campaign in which he pledged to bring the district into the 21st Century, initially brought the idea of filming board meetings and putting them on the web using Google Hangouts.
In previous meetings Chiang told the board he favored the service because it was free, easy to use and would allow community members and other guest speakers to chime into meetings remotely.
"Filming, to me, seemed like a simple, low cost thing that we should be doing," Chiang said. "I'm very happy it's happening."
The district has not yet set a date for when it will begin filming and streaming its meetings.