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Glitch results in PSA playing at meeting of school board

August 05, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

Due to a "technical glitch," the Washington County Board of Education's Tuesday meeting was interrupted five times by a 30-second public service announcement featuring county students, spokeswoman Carol Mowen said.

At a June 15 meeting, the school board watched two versions of a 30-second public service announcement created by a digital communications class at Washington County Technical High School. The announcements featured students from Fountaindale Elementary School acting and singing.

The school board heard the audio from the announcement five times during the first hour of Tuesday's meeting.

"We apologize for our technical difficulties," Board President Edward Forrest said at one point.

Mowen said the school system is using a program that alternately plays the announcement and puts other education-related announcements on the cable access channel on which the board meeting airs.

The program apparently was not properly set to stop during Tuesday's meeting, Mowen said.

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