Channel 74 Airs BOE Tape
The meeting and reception were recorded by former Community Relations Director Louis Rivera on his last day on the job. The meeting in the Plainfield High School Library was held to discuss Gallon's contract, which had to be modified slightly due to increased state scrutiny of superintendent contracts and new laws on such contracts. An outcry over the $700,000 buyout package of a retiring superintendent's contract led to review of all superintendent contracts. Click here to see Plaintalker's previous posts on the issue.
After the board approved the revised contract, there was a reception in the school cafeteria for Gallon that was also recorded. This writer had to leave for a meeting at City Hall before Gallon spoke, so the opportunity to see the speech today on Channel 74 was appreciated.
However, having checked both the Channel 74 schedule posted on the city web site and the district web site for announcements of the airing, Plaintalker found no advance notice. It was only the heat wave that caused this writer to be parked in front of the television and flipping channels by chance when the show was being aired.
If it is to be aired again, some advance notice would be good. Dr. Gallon gave a forceful speech that deserves a wider audience than those who attended June 30.
On Tuesday (July 15, 2008) board members expressed dissatisfaction with Channel 74 rules that meant a month might elapse before airing of a submitted tape. Because a franchise agreement with Comcast included provisions for both a municipal and an educational channel, the board may explore setting up its own channel.
Meanwhile, keep an eye out for the June 30 program. As the camera pans those present at the beginning of the reception, I'm the camera-shy one hiding behind a notebook.