GC School Board discontinues video coverage of meetings

Grundy Center Middle/High School. (Grundy Register file photo) 

Parents may have noticed that the Grundy Center School Board recently made some major changes to its policy on publishing video coverage of meetings: namely, removing all YouTube clips of board meetings from the school website and unanimously voting to discontinue recording and publishing any video coverage.


For busy parents who want to keep up with what the board is up to but are just getting off work or getting dinner started during the normal school board meeting start time of 5:00 p.m., the new policy may be a bit of an inconvenience. Board President Bob Johanns, however, offered a few suggestions.


“Well, first and foremost the meetings are in public, so anyone can attend the meeting in person,” he said. “Otherwise, any decisions we make will be in the board minutes [in The Grundy Register]. And if a parent has a specific question, they can contact the superintendent or the board and ask.”


Johanns said the board’s reasoning for changing the policy was aimed at “moving forward in a positive manner.”


“There were a variety of reasons [for the change in policy],” Johanns said. “We, as a new board, want to move forward and focus on positives, and this allows us to do that. The video recording has really outlived its time. As far as I know, we may have been the only school in the conference to record our board meetings."


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