By Everett Brazil, III
The Newkirk Herald Journal
NEWKIRK — The Newkirk Public Schools (NPS) Board of Education will soon be testing the ability to livestream their monthly meetings online to increase transparency for the public.
The first livestream will be this Monday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.
“We’ll be posting on our district Facebook page the livestreaming process,” said Superintendent Scott Kempenich. “This is the first month we’re doing it, so hopefully everyone will be able to view the Board of Education meeting with us.”
NPS decided to start livestreaming due to community input.
“We had some citizens asking for it, so we’ll try it,” he said. “Hopefully it works and we have people able to view the livestream.”
For now, it will be hosted on Facebook, and if successful they will have a better idea of how to continue, Kempenich said.
The School Board meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Commons at Newkirk High School.
The School Board is doing this as a way to increase community involvement in the school system.
“It’s really an experiment and will be an option for those that want to be aware of what is happening in our school system but can’t be there,” he said. “The school is a big part of the community, so everyone being aware of what’s happening in the school is important.”