The Kansas City Star – Friday, July 7, 1995
JCCC looks to put its trustees on TV
Televising meetings suggested as a way to help inform public.
DIANE CARROLL, Staff Writer
It looks as if trustees at Johnson County Community College will begin televising their board meetings on an experimental basis.
Trustees agreed Thursday to decide on July 20, when they expect to receive more information from their staff on the logistics.
The idea for the broadcasts came from newly elected trustee Elaine Perilla, who participated in her first meeting Thursday.
Perilla thinks the telecasts will help the public better understand what goes on at the college.
Televising the meetings on a tape-delayed basis on a cable network probably would not cost much, according to a report presented by Mel Cunningham, director of the college’s educational media center.
The college already has a television studio, so the cost for a tape-delayed broadcast would be confined to wiring the boardroom and paying several employees for their time, he said. The wiring probably would cost $400, he said.
The broadcasts probably could begin as early as August, Cunningham said.
Board Chairman Fred Logan said he planned to recommend that the board try the idea through November. If it is working and residents seem to like it, he said, the broadcasts could continue.
Televising the meetings live would require the college to move the time of several classes that now are broadcast on cable television. Trustees said they did not want to disrupt those classes.
Also Thursday, Logan read a report he prepared that assessed the fiscal year that ended June 30 and looked at the coming year.
Logan said he thought the college had done an outstanding job during the last year of serving its students and community. He listed 11 highlights that ranged from refining the college’s vision, values and mission statements to winning the right from the state Legislature to set its own tuition.
Logan said he thought the April defeat of the college’s $72.3 million bond referendum for buildings and technology ultimately would have positive effects. It forces the college to try harder to be innovative, he said, adding that he expected the board would be coming up with new plans in the coming year.
Molly Baumgardner was the only trustee to vote against a recommendation to re-elect Logan as board chairman and Virginia Speer as vice chairman. The recommendation came from the board development committee, which Logan and Speer sit on.
Baumgardner also voted against a recommendation to retain Robert F. Lytle as the college attorney for another year.
Baumgardner said she thought the trustees should solicit bids for legal services, just as they do for other services.