By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
The Little Falls School District has been working toward being able to operate and manage Educational Access Channel 12. An agreement between the city of Little Falls and the district was made March 3 and at Monday’s meeting, the School Board voted to approve that agreement.
The agreement states the educational channel will be specifically operated as an educational channel and managed by the district. The name may change to “Flyer Media Productions.”
The terms of the agreement will extend from March 3 through Dec. 31, 2016 and year-to-year thereafter unless terminated earlier.
All money paid to the district will be the property of the district and will be used as directed by the Board of Education. Little Falls Schools will provide a copy of the programming budget to the city of Little Falls annually.
Compensation to the city of Little Falls will be calculated based on a percentage of the combined total revenues the city received during the previous year from cable franchise and other fees. The district will be paid 31 percent of the prior years’ combined total revenues, payable in equal monthly installments.
The city will pay the district a one-time payment of $6,000 for start-up costs.
The school district will be responsible for managing the operation of Educational Access Channel 12, attend Cable TV Board meetings and report to the city any violations of Federal Communication Commission regulations or laws.
“This will allow the district to be its own station; operating, creating and controlling its programming,” said Supt. Stephen Jones. “It will be an educational experience for students. It will also be a classroom, including the errors.”