AUG 18: BOE Launching Live Audio Feed of Meetings


BOE Launching Live Audio Feed of Meetings on Tuesday August 18, 2015
It will be available online, part of an ongoing effort to increase transparency at the Board of Education.

AUGUST 14, 2015·

The Hawaii Board of Education will be broadcasting live audio of its Tuesday meeting, a new initiative aimed at increasing the accessibility and transparency of meetings.

The audio will be accessible online, through a downloadable app for cell phones, or by calling a toll-free number. Information on all three options is available here.

The BOE is expected to discuss a proposed new discipline policy at Tuesday’s meeting that would make suspensions an action of last resort. The full board meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. People can also listen to a Human Resources Committee meeting starting at 9:30 a.m. and a Finance and Infrastructure Committee meeting at 11:30 a.m.

Cory Lum/Civil BeatWide view Board of Education Meeting. 17 june 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat
The Board of Education listens to a presentation at a June meeting in Honolulu.
Hawaii is the only state to have a single school district and Board of Education, which can make access to decision-makers a challenge for parents and educators outside of Honolulu.

“It’s a matter of openness and accountability,” Vanessa Ott, a former teacher who created the Facebook group BOE Watch, told Civil Beat last month.  “We have the geographical limitations of Hawaii, but if we use modern technology people can at least see what happens at the meeting.”

For now, audio of the meetings is only available live and will not be accessible after the meeting is over.  That means the meetings are still out of reach for parents and teachers who work during the day, Ott pointed out last month.

Staff members have been working to improve BOE transparency and accessibility this year by adding more information to items on the meeting agendas and making the meeting minutes more descriptive,  BOE Executive Director Alison Kunishige said last month.

Posted August 12, 2015

Board of Education Website CLICK HERE>>>

Connection Information For August 18, 2015 Board Meetings

WebEx Start Time:  9:15 AM (Hawaii Time)

Join WebEx Meeting

    Meeting Number:  734 369 569

    Meeting Password:  Hiboe

Join By Phone

    1-877-668-4493 Call-In Toll-Free Number (US/Canada)

    1-650-479-3208 Call-In Toll Number (US/Canada)

    Access Code: 734 369 569

    Toll-Free Calling Restrictions

There are three options for listening to the meeting:

1. Call in using a land line or cell phone;

2. Join the WebEx meeting on a computer (speakers required); or

3. Listening using the WebEx app on your cell phone.

Listeners have experienced the best audio quality by calling in using a land line or listening over a computer that is connected to the internet via a hard-wire (not wifi), but please free to use whatever method you find most convenient.

Generally, there are two to three meetings throughout the day. There is only one WebEx meeting set up, so you should be able to use the call and log in information to access any meeting while the meetings are in session. Agendas and meeting material can be accessed on the Board’s website CLICK HERE>>

A meeting-specific number and access code will be generated for each meeting.  This information will be posted on the Board’s website when the meeting agendas are posted (six days before the meeting date).

***Note that this program is only for listening to the meeting. It is not being used to accept testimony.***

More details and FAQs including using different mobile devices and other trouble shooting tips are available on the BOE website HERE>>>

Please contact the Board office at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have other questions.