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Cloquet School board will continue to livestream meetings

The school board members voted to continue to livestream their meetings for the next fiscal year.

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CLOQUET — The Cloquet School Board meetings will continue to be streamed live and available for review on the district's YouTube channel for the next fiscal year. Superintendent Michael Cary brought up the issue to board members to see if they wanted to continue.

"In the past, I have objected a little bit, mostly because school board meetings are supposed to be participatory, right?" Cary said. "And we want people here. But I think I've gotten to a point where I feel like if people have something to say directly to the board, they do show up. We've seen that throughout."

Bill Bauer, technology support specialist with the district, said the viewing numbers also support the continuation, as streams regularly receive anywhere from 50-290 views. The views tend to vary depending on what's on the board's agenda. The meetings that received the most views tended to deal with the topics of COVID-19 and masking policies.

"I think one of the things to consider is that we don't know when these issues are going to arrive," said board member Ken Scarbrough. "And if something arises, I think it would be nice to let the public have access to this meeting. And 5:30-7 o'clock is really not the best time in the world for people to get away."

Bauer mentioned possibly using quick links to allow viewers to jump to the topic of discussion they most wanted to hear about within the video descriptions. This would help make the meetings more accessible and allow viewers to find the topics they cared most about without having to watch the entire video.

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The board voted unanimously in favor of continuing to stream the meetings.

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Teri Cadeau is a general assignment and neighborhood reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. Originally from the Iron Range, Cadeau has worked for several community newspapers in the Duluth area for eight years including: The Duluth Budgeteer News, Western Weekly, Weekly Observer, Lake County News-Chronicle and occasionally, the Cloquet Pine Journal. When not working, she's an avid reader and crafter.
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