After a year in which school board meetings had been conducted virtually via the Zoom platform, the Fairfield Area School District Board of Directors has returned to in-person meetings. Monday’s meeting was not recorded, and as a result Gettysburg Connection was unable to cover it.
The announcement was made in a letter on the school’s website. Although at least some board members acknowledged in a prior meeting that there were benefits of recording the meetings, the letter did not indicate whether the district was planning to continue to do so.
In their letter the board said they had utilized technology to hold virtual meetings over the past year and that they had “learned a great deal along the way.” The letter said the virtual meetings had resulted in “significantly higher attendance at school board meetings,” and that “Increased attendance means a greater number of community members obtained accurate information, directly from the source, to make the best decisions for their own children.”
The letter said the board’s meetings “may continue to be dynamic moving forward” and that they would be “relying on state and legal guidance” to determine whether they would continue to record their meetings.
Editors Note: Gettysburg Connection encourages FASD as well as all other local school boards and municipalities to continue to live stream and record their meetings. We as well see many benefits including greater transparency and engagement as well as the creation of a permanent record of the proceedings. The cost of these recordings is minimal.
Please see our opinion statement, which includes information about creating a recording system, here.
Gettysburg Area School District and Upper Adams School Districts have already announced plans to continue streaming and recording their meetings as they return to in-person.