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Letter: Mitchell school board missed an opportunity with livestream

The school district is supported with local taxes, and using a fraction of those tax dollars would allow the BOE to make its meetings more easily accessible for the local residents it serves, especially since the school district appears disinterested in providing that service itself.

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To the Editor,

I commend the Mitchell Republic for livestreaming and archiving, for its subscribers, the Mitchell Board of Education (BOE) meetings.

The most recent BOE meeting was Monday, December 13, 2021. It was 10:04 p.m. before I was able to view that meeting, because I knew the BOE was considering whether or not to sign a contract with the newspaper. Surprisingly, the BOE chose not to work with the Mitchell Republic , which would have allowed the newspaper to open the livestream for viewing by everyone, subscribers and nonsubscribers alike.

I appreciate Shawn Ruml for making the motion to have a contract with the newspaper; it's too bad the motion didn't get seconded. The school district is supported with local taxes, and using a fraction of those tax dollars would allow the BOE to make its meetings more easily accessible for the local residents it serves, especially since the school district appears disinterested in providing that service itself.

The early time of the meetings can make it difficult for the average working person to attend, which further underscores the need for livestreaming and archiving the meetings.

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With the service the newspaper currently provides to subscribers, I hope that more community members engage with the BOE.

Nancy Torgersen

Mitchell

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