We want your opinions

October 10, 2007

ISSUE:

The Anne Arundel County school board will begin televising its meetings within a year, bringing the school system into step with surrounding counties but not satisfying critics, who want the meetings aired on the district's Web site, too.

The idea has been brought before the board several times. Members supported it Wednesday after learning that the cost would be paid through fees already collected by cable companies, although some board members expressed concern that additional funding would be needed or that the technology might soon become obsolete. Others said the initiative was overdue.

"We've got to start somewhere," said Vice President Enrique M. Melendez, "and I think we need a presentation in the near future on how we get to the next step."

The next step, school officials said, could include meetings simulcast on the Internet and archived on the school system Web site.

YOUR VIEW:

Would you watch a televised school board meeting? Would you be more likely to watch if it were available on the Internet? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by tomorrow. Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be printed Sunday.

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