Battle Ground Public Schools introduces new board meeting viewing experience
July 29, 2021
A new video streaming service is making Battle Ground Public Schools Board meetings easier to watch from afar.
The partnership with Swagit Productions, a Dallas, Texas-based company, provides a comprehensive platform for citizens to watch regular and special board meetings and work sessions live, view archived meetings, and access text transcripts. Archived meetings will also be indexed, allowing viewers to select an agenda item and immediately skip to that part of the recording.
In addition to providing a greater level of access to board meetings, the Swagit partnership also brings multiple camera angles and greatly improved audio quality. The video streaming feature is compatible with multiple platforms including Apple and Android devices and personal computers, allowing viewers to experience meetings from their home or while on the go.
“It’s exciting to be able to implement this new program to stream and archive board meetings,” said Board Vice-President Jackie Maddux. “This is a whole new level of communication and adds another layer of transparency between the board and the community.”
Live meetings and archived videos can be viewed online at: https://battlegroundps.new.swagit.com/views/277/.
During a live meeting, viewers can click on the “video” button on the meeting page, then click to watch it in progress. Shortly after the conclusion of the meeting, a link to an archived version will be available. Text transcriptions may take several days to be available, depending on the length of the meeting.
While in-person public testimony is now available at school board meetings, those wishing to comment remotely are still able to connect using Zoom video conferencing technology. People who want to comment at the meetings must sign up by 3 p.m. on the day of the meeting. A link will be provided to those who sign up.
Video of the July 26 board meeting is available online.