School Board meetings now live streamed on YouTube
Parents or taxpayers who are interested in Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 School Board discussions, but are unable to make it to meetings can now watch them live.
Kevin Lyons, district director of communications, said School Board President Carl Gilmore and Superintendent Mike Moan both approached him in early 2018 noting that they’d like the ability to live stream meetings continuing District 200’s commitment to increasing transparency regarding District matters.
"While we've been providing important documents on the District website and are open to public comments at our Board meetings, we felt allowing residents to view our meetings brings another level of transparency for anyone interested in the public's business of educating our children," Board President Carl Gilmore said.
Live streaming was tested successfully at the Board’s Aug. 21 meeting. Streaming will resume at the Tuesday, Sept. 11 meeting and at subsequent Board meetings.
Board meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the Woodstock High School library. The schedule alters in the summer, in March because of Spring Break and in November and December to accommodate holidays.
The Board, elected by members of community within the District 200 boundaries, publicly votes on budget matters, makes curriculum decisions, discusses significant purchases and makes many other decisions that affect the students, parents and the broader community.
After exploring what other school districts and municipalities have done to provide similar services, Lyons and George Oslovich, district director of technology, decided to stream meetings live via YouTube. Recordings of the meetings will also be accessible on the district’s website, where the Board meeting schedule can also be found.
Also listed under the School Board tab on the District 200 homepage are Board agendas for past and upcoming meetings, names and photos of current School Board members, meeting minutes, a “Board Briefs” synopsis of news from past meetings, and more.
Superintendent Mike Moan said the live streaming effort should further develop the District’s goal of providing a clear picture of District operations at the Board of Education level.
"Sometimes these Board discussions can shed light on why decisions are made and provide some needed context that documents might not be able to articulate clearly," Dr. Moan said.