Watch the Feb. 27 Langley school board meeting in your PJs

Langley School Board meetings will be live-streamed starting Tuesday, Feb. 27

Starting at the end of this month, you can watch Langley school board meetings in your pyjamas from the comfort of your home.

Langley School District spokesman Ken Hoff said the equipment and cameras are in place and their trial run was a success as the district gets ready to live stream the trustees’ board meeting starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb 27. People can tune in by going to the district’s website.

It’s a particularly exciting moment for trustee Megan Dykeman who has wanted school board meetings to be live streamed since she was elected. She has regularly made motions to that effect, but it wasn’t until 2017 that trustees adopted her proposal to taking the meetings into the virtual world.

SEE STORY HERE

“For the past seven years I have worked to gain the support of the board to bring forward live streaming to the taxpayers of the Langleys,” said Dykeman.

“I believe this is an important step towards being an accessible, open and accountable district. Many districts in B.C. have already embraced live streaming as a way to make our democratic process more accessible. The Langley(s) are geographically large, our meetings are in the evening on school nights.

“In speaking with many parents they (said they) would like to be able to tune in and see the business we conduct so they may be informed and aware of matters which affect them, as both taxpayers and parents of students in our district. I hope many take the opportunity to tune in to our live stream.”

Board chair Rob McFarlane has been a vocal opponent to televising meetings, saying it leads to political grandstanding and playing to the cameras.

But other trustees argued grandstanding happens near election time no matter if cameras are there or not.

The Township of Langley and the City of Langley have been live streaming their meetings for several years. Most municipal governments live stream their meetings.



monique@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Langley school trustee Megan Dykeman has fought for seven years to get board meetings live-streamed. She is very excited to be a part of the first one Feb. 27. File photo

Just Posted

Driver of pickup stolen from Langley crashes into car in Abbotsford

No serious injuries in collision on Monday night

North Langley Kodiaks defense dominates in Victoria victory

Five separate Kodiaks players scored touchdowns during lopsided win

Traffic lights going up on accident-prone 16 Avenue in Langley

Work is underway on safety improvements at three intersections along route

Thousands attend speech by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leader in Langley

President Russell M. Nelson is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer, and revelator

VIDEO: Rough days for Langley Rivermen

Chilliwack Chiefs proved tough opponents in back-to-back games

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

Lower Mainland city calls for slower trains near popular beach

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said ‘it’s the least we can do’

Canadian air force short 275 pilots

Attrition outpaces recruitment and training claims Air Force

Teacher suspended after physically shushing, saying ‘shut up’ to student

Grade 5 student reported feeling ‘confused and a little scared’

A B.C. society helps to reforest Crown land after wildfires

Forest Enhancement Society of BC focuses on wildfire mitigation and the reforestation

B.C. marijuana workers may face U.S. border scrutiny

Cannabis still illegal federally south of the border

New political party holds an informational session in Vernon

Maxime Bernier’s The People’s Party of Canada draws about 2o interested patrons to Vernon pub.

B.C. MLAs reminded of rural school struggles

Finance committee hears of falling enrolment, staff shortages

B.C. VIEWS: ’Not photo radar’ coming soon to high-crash areas

ICBC deficit now largely due to reckless and distracted driving

Most Read