CHATHAM, NJ - The District of the Chathams Board of Education members could be hearing "Lights, camera, action," at its meetings in 2015.
"The thinking is that we would begin with the new year in January, providing we can work out the remaining details," Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa said. "It looks like we're on the path to have the board meetings filmed. We have to make sure the cost is okay with Mr. Heap, who made the generous offer."
Bill Heap of the Chatham Jaycees made the offer to pay for the cost of broadcasting the meetings live at the last BOE meeting held Dec. 1. His offer was good for all meetings through the April election.
A number of citizens have asked the board about televising its meetings since it was announced that a $25 million referendum would be put on the ballot in April. Board member Thomas Belding, chairman of the policy commitee, discussed it at the policy meeting held Dec. 8.
If Chatham Township allows the board to use the equipment already in place for broadcasting Chatham Township Committee meetings, the cost could be about $200 per meeting.
The plan is to have the meetings broadcast live to Comcast and Fios customers. In Chatham Borough, which has Optimum as its cable service, it could be copied to a CD and shown on the borough's broadcast system, but not live. It would also be uploaded to the district website for viewing, according to LaSusa.
Tom Salvas, who has broadcast more than 140 Chatham Township Committee meetings, advised the board on the logistics.
If approved, there is no guarantee that the meetings would continue to be broadcast after the April election.
"That would be up to the board," LaSusa said.