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LASD to Go on Live Webcast in Fall

The Los Altos School District board voted to take up the Los Altos City Council's offer, with the help of grant money, to pay to launch live webcasts of school board meetings.

 

Los Altos School District parents, not too long from now, you will be able to watch the school board like a hawk. 

At least the meetings.

The board voted to move forward with webcasting its meetings, taking up an offer by the City of Los Altos to purchase intial equipment the first year of operations.

The city will pay for approximately $25,000 worth of equipment and other startup costs out of its public access funding, and the cost of running the first year.

The school district would be responsible for each year’s costs going forward, averaging seven to ten thousand dollars per year, according to Superintendent Jeff Baier.

It is common, nowadays, to expect to watch legislative bodies such as the Los Altos City Council, Los Altos Hills Town Council and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors via webcasting. School districts appear to be trying to find a way to do the same.

The is beginning to consider options to stream its meetings, but is at the beginning of its deliberations.

L.A. Chung April 27, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Webcasting meetings certainly helps busy parents with young children "attend" the meetings. Anyone who has ever brought a young child to an important meeting knows what it's like to have to leave early because the poor kid is fidgeting and unhappy!
Penny Lave April 27, 2012 at 08:19 PM
What part of the cost is 'grant' money - the City's start up and first year costs or LASD's ongoing annual costs?
L.A. Chung April 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I'll ask Nicole Baldocchi to answer. In the meantime, I've attached a pdf of the equipment costs of $13,200, the Granicus onetime setup costs of almost $8,000 and the estimated monthly cost of $629. I'd presume this would fluctuate depending on the number of special meetings called. Your mileage, as they say, may vary.
Nicole Baldocchi April 28, 2012 at 04:22 PM
LASD's ongoing annual costs are to be paid by LASD. The set-up and first year's costs are paid for by the City's grant money.
Christy Lin April 28, 2012 at 11:47 PM
It'll be interesting to see if the city will pay for BCS to be set up as well.

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