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Manalapan-Englishtown Board of Education to Broadcast Meetings

The Manalapan Township Television Network will now record and broadcast the K-8 Board of Education meetings.

The Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District Board of Education has decided to have their meetings televised and broadcasted on the Manalapan Township Television Network (MTTN) for the very first time.

The Manalapan Township Television Network is the township’s municipal access channel which can be viewed on Cablevision Channel 77 and Verizon Fios Channel 42.

Newly elected Board President James Mumolie brought up the idea at the Board’s reorganization meeting last week to a round of applause from the public.

Every Board member was in favor of having meetings televised except for Lori Semel, who said she has always been against the video recording of Board meetings.

In the past, the Board took a vote which prevented the network from freely broadcasting meetings, claiming that it invaded the privacy of parents who come to discuss issues involving their children.

The first event to be recorded by MTTN will be the public hearing on district security being held on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School.

If you do not have Cablevision or Fios, you can still watch the meetings that are televised by MTTN by following them on Facebook. The network posts the videos on their Facebook page for viewing over the internet.

Tom Madden January 16, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Its good that they approved it, however according to Open Meetings (Sunshine) laws, you were always allowed to tape them, as long as you weren't being disruptive. I've done this successfully in local government meetings, and at the MERS board several years ago. I think its a very good thing, that the trend is starting to turn to put public meetings on-line, since it allows residents who may not be able, logistically, to make these meetings, be able to keep up with them, and participate by watching it, and following up with the administration. Thank you MTTN TV for doing this, I realize it takes your staff time to do this.
Tom Madden January 16, 2013 at 01:49 PM
..and thanks to Katrina, who is seemingly everywhere, for summarizing it to the key points for those with even less time!

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