Board of Education considers streaming meetings online

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

Three local government bodies already allow citizens the opportunity to view meetings on the Internet.

Now the Henry County Board of Education is considering a move to join the Henry County Board of Commissioners and the city councils of McDonough and Stockbridge in making their own meetings available for viewing via live-streaming online.

A brief discussion took place at the school board’s May 3 study session, and board members directed staff to conduct a feasibility study on the matter. Some officials noted that the district might already have a significant portion of the personnel and equipment in place to perform the service in-house.

The feasibility study will look at those issues - costs, equipment, staffing, etc. - and report to the board during its June 7 study session, spokesman J.D. Hardin said last week.

Some board members said that public interest in such a project should be gauged as a part of any due diligence on the matter, and several citizens spoke in favor of the idea during the public participation portion of the May 8 regular board meeting.