Catch the action: We’re live-streaming now![slideshowck id=15042]
We’re live-streaming now: a first for New Westminster Schools to engage our community. Some meetings – like our February 26 Board of Education session – can prove particularly lively, and even historic. That’s when we saw student musicians, TV news cameras, and special guests on hand to voice their concerns, present initiatives, or capture the action.
Welcome! We’re live-streaming to connect with our broader community….
New for 2019: We’re live-streaming our Board of Education meetings starting April 30 – a move to help the community connect and engage in our conversations about education issues.
You can view our first live Board meeting Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. by accessing the online video stream here and at: tinyurl.com/sd40stream.
As part of its commitment to transparency, accountability, and accessibility, the Board will live-cast both its regular and special open board meetings, as well as its education and operations committee meetings. Archived recordings will also be available.
To view a live Board meeting, visit the Board Meeting Schedule webpage when the meeting is in session (typically at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings).
Trustees passed a resolution in December 2018 asking staff to investigate options and recommendations for live-streaming public meetings. A number of school districts – including the Vancouver School Board, Surrey, Langley, Victoria and Nanaimo-Ladysmith – have recently adopted the approach of providing both written and recorded records of open meetings to the public.
On February 26, the board directed staff to implement the project, estimated to cost under $6,000, and to conduct a review in four months to determine:
- uptake by the public
- feedback about the experience, and
- the value of the project for increased public engagement.
The board is committed to holding its regular monthly Education Policy and Planning Committee meetings at various schools throughout the district as a way to meet students, parents, and staff and hear directly from school communities.
Trustees have visited Fraser River Middle School and Queen Elizabeth, École Herbert Spencer and École Lord Tweedsmuir elementary schools since January. These meetings will also be live-streamed.