CLOQUET — Cloquet School Board meetings will continue to be streamed live and available for review on the district’s YouTube channel over the next fiscal year. Superintendent Michael Cary raised the issue with council members to see if they wanted to proceed.
“In the past, I’ve objected a bit, mostly because school board meetings are supposed to be participatory, aren’t they?” Cary said. “And we want people here. But I think I’ve gotten to a point where I feel like if people have something to say directly to the board, they show up. We the have seen all along.”
District technology support specialist Bill Bauer said the viewing numbers also support the lawsuit, as streams regularly receive between 50 and 290 views. Views tend to vary depending on what is on the board’s agenda. The meetings that received the most views tended to deal with COVID-19 topics and masking policies.
“I think one of the things to consider is that we don’t know when these issues are going to happen,” board member Ken Scarbrough said. “And if anything comes up, I think it would be nice to allow the public access to this meeting. And 5:30-7:00 p.m. is really not the best time in the world for people to get away.”
Bauer mentioned the ability to use quick links to take viewers to the discussion topic they most wanted to hear about in video descriptions. This would help make the meetings more accessible and allow viewers to find the topics that interest them most without having to watch the entire video.
The board voted unanimously to continue broadcasting the meetings.