Archive for Thursday, May 6, 2004

Channel 39 gets a reprieve

May 6, 2004

Channel 39, a television station that broadcasts community events, school activities and high school sports to viewers in Basehor and Linwood, appears to have found a permanent place on the dial for the Basehor-Linwood School District.

Next week, Basehor-Linwood School Board members are slated to vote on the future of the television station, much of the programming of which is created, edited and produced by students in the advanced multi-media class at Basehor-Linwood High School.

The school board was considering three options for the channel's future. Those options were limiting the channel to a community message board with some broadcasts, hiring a full-time employee to coordinate operations or shutting the station down completely.

The recommendation the school board will receive next week will be a hybrid of sorts by using parts of the first two options under consideration, school officials said.

Jill Hackett, school district superintendent, said administrators would recommend the station be left as is with an intent to make improvements in the future.

Problems for Channel 39 began when Sue Ryan, the advanced multi-media teacher, announced she would resign extra responsibilities relating to the television station beginning next year. In addition to teaching a full class schedule, Ryan was also spending time outside the typical workday to run the television station.

As the program began to evolve, the job became more time-consuming, Ryan said, and it was keeping her away from seeing her son's high school activities.

Hackett said she would recommend the school board fill the void created by Ryan's resignation by paying an employee an "extra duty stipend," as well as delegate some responsibility to communications personnel in the school district.

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