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Posted on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 12:45 p.m.

Saline schools to pursue possibility of broadcasting board meetings on cable TV

By Danielle Arndt

Saline Area Schools will conduct a trial run of videotaping and broadcasting its school board meetings on cable TV, according to an article in the Saline Reporter.

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David Holden

Taping the meetings has been on now-President David Holden's list of things to pursue since he was elected to the board in November 2011.

A trial run with SCTN will take place at the April 9 Board of Education meeting to see how it goes and to evaluate whether there is interest from the public.

Some board members questioned whether people even would care to watch the meetings on TV, pointing to the low attendance of the actual meetings. Holden said in the Reporter that people are busy with families and work in the evenings and may welcome the ability to view the meetings at other times.

Setting up the equipment in the district's Liberty School, where board meetings are held, would cost between $10,000 and $24,000, the article in the Saline Reporter says.

Ann Arbor Public Schools videotapes its Board of Education meetings. The meetings are broadcast live on Comcast Channel 18 and replayed on Thursday at 1:30 p.m., Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at



Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 2:12 a.m.

There may be a growing Moldavian minority out Saline way, easy to recognize because these schismatic Amish have adopted the use of highly-decorated mini-bikes for every day transportation. Consequently, translation services of televised school board meetings will likely involve substantial costs.


Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 1 a.m.

I agree with Dave Holden. I am generally still working when the school board meetings start in Saline. I would love to be able to view a tape of the meeting on the weekend. BTW, keep up the good work we elected you to do Dave Holden. You are a great American! Good Day


Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 9:52 p.m.

Unless this is costly it's a great idea. Especially if you can archive the video's for later viewing. My regional professional engineering society web-casts and archives it's monthly meetings resulting in a 25% greater participation rate.