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School board won't move meeting time

July 15, 1997

By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

Staff Writer

The Washington County Board of Education won't switch its meeting night to fit a cable TV time slot, board members agreed during a work session Tuesday afternoon.

Instead, board members decided to continue holding business meetings on Tuesday nights and taping them for broadcast one or more times later in the week.

Regular business meetings have been shown live on Antietam Cable Channel 6 since March, when Glessner Alarm and Communication Systems started underwriting the $150-per-meeting production cost. The cable company doesn't charge for air time.

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Starting this fall, Hagerstown Junior College plans to use Channel 6 for long-distance learning telecasts on Tuesday evenings, said Andrew McMahon, the school system's assistant superintendent for administration.

To avoid a conflict, the school board earlier this month tentatively voted to switch meeting dates to the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

But that night might conflict with other community meetings, Board President B. Marie Byers said.

Byers suggested the school board look into getting its own cable channel assigned.

Meanwhile, she proposed keeping the meetings on Tuesday nights and having them taped for broadcast during an available time slot or slots later in the week, possibly on Wednesdays and Sundays.

The broadcast dates and times could be published in the newspaper along with the meeting agenda, Byers said.

Considering how hard it is for all five school board members to find common time for meetings, board member Doris J. Nipps said she thought it would be wise to keep meeting on Tuesday nights if that suited everyone. The other four members agreed.

Beginning in September, however, the board will meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month instead of on the second and fourth Tuesday, as it has been.

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