District brings back school channel
by Staff Writer
The relaunch of the district’s television station will help CMS keep the public informed and provide work-based learning opportunities for students.
The first new program is “CMS Insight,” a 30-minute show in which Superintendent Heath Morrison and guests discuss the district’s eight new strategic goals and the major initiatives that support them. “CMS Insight” premiered Feb. 2 and will air daily at 7 and 10 p.m.
A second magazine-style show will recognize employees, students, programs and schools that go the extra mile to build a culture of excellence at CMS. “CMS Magazine” will also be a 30-minute program, and will begin airing later in February.
Starting with the 2013-2014 school year, CMS will expand programming by using the television station as a work-based learning opportunity for students. This will include student-produced and student-hosted programming as well as production and broadcast internship opportunities for CMS and local college students.
Funding for CMS TV was eliminated with the adoption of the 2010-2011 budget, after multiple years of budget reductions forced tough decisions for the district.
“We are glad to be able to use this important resource in a cost-efficient way. It will help us reach and inform the public about our district,” said Mary McCray, chairwoman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. “I’m also pleased that students will be able to participate in the work of CMS TV.”