ORC TV should fund school's media program

Apr 21, 2017

To the Editor:

 

Attention to all tri-town cable subscribers,

There is a tri-town Selectmen's meeting on Thursday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Old Rochester Regional Junior High School's media room.

We may finally get to the bottom of the ongoing saga regarding the ORC TV takeover of the media program education at ORR, vs the Superintendent of ORR School District.

The Superintendent was notified late last year that ORC TV would no longer fund the media program. The present contract will not be renewed and will cease on June 30 2017. This program covers about 130 students encompassing all the schools in the district. Who authorized ORC TV to make such a bold move?

What does ORC TV have to offer the schools? Where are the lesson plans? Where are the qualified teachers? What certification and qualifications does ORC TV have to offer?

Why should the Superintendent go before the ORC TV Board of Directors, and beg for the program funds which should have been provided in the first place?

ORC TV needs to fully explain their position and seek guidance from the tri-town Selectmen. It is my understanding that the ORC TV organization was established to collect funds from the cable companies, and then administer the funds to various public, education and government programs.

ORC TV has collected those funds, and to date has accumulated hundreds of thousands of dollars in CDs at Eastern Bank. The school district has always had a difficult time funding the program and hasn't seen a change in the funding for many years. The funds squirreled away at Eastern Bank should be available to fund some portion of the media program.

Everyone involved in this saga need to get together and work on a solution, or the media program is going to blow up and everyone will be highly embarrassed. This includes the Selectmen, the School Superintendent, the three town School Committees, and the citizens of the three towns.

ORC TV needs new leadership and it needs it now. There are solutions to the problem.

 

Colonel Arnold Briggs

Concerned Citizen

West Wareham, MA

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