Dist. 204 Meetings to Debut on Local-Access Cable TV

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Byline: Christie Hart Daily Herald Staff Writer

Forgive the leaders of Indian Prairie Unit District 204 if you catch them practicing their "pensive" and "attentive" looks in storefront windows or restaurant silverware.

The school board members, and possibly a few of the more prominent administrators, are about to become the newest darlings of local-access cable.

Soon, their business meetings will be recorded for future broadcast in an experiment intended to give residents more information about their school district while letting students test skills they're learning in high school.

Cameras, mixers, monitors, studio lights and computer and video links were installed this week in the board's meeting room. A student camera crew, under technology aides' direction, tested the equipment during a committee meeting Monday night.

Students in advanced television production classes at Waubonsie Valley and Neuqua Valley high schools will take turns working the two cameras at board meetings. Ultimately, they'll develop the know-how and experience to direct the tapings, educators said.

"All the equipment is a duplication of what they're using in class so they can continue to build on that," said Jeffrey Hunt, the district's director of instructional technology. "By the time they would work on a board meeting, they would have served in all aspects of a studio production in class. This is an opportunity to extend that to a live production situation. …