HUBBARD Schools get a channel on cable television
Students have already been filming interviews with senior citizens for documentaries.
By TIM YOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
HUBBARD -- A variety of Hubbard school activities will be broadcast 24 hours, seven days a week, on Time Warner Cable beginning in March.
"There are a ton of creative things the channel can do," said Superintendent James J. Herrholtz.
Hubbard becomes the first Trumbull County school district to be part of a cable system, Herrholtz said, adding that it will be similar to Austintown's school cable channel in Mahoning County.
Six to eight hours of programming will be prepared daily by students in the high school's video productions class taught by Brian D'Aneglo and Eileen Kolat.
Herrholtz said the school district has been working for a year and a half with Mayor George Praznik and Time Warner to iron out the agreement.
Time Warner's franchise agreement with the city calls for Time Warner to dedicate a channel for local educational purposes. Only Time Warner customers in Hubbard will receive the channel.
Herrholtz said that the cable company has agreed to pay $5,000, and the school provides $2,500 for necessary electronic equipment.
The company and school district will cooperate in attracting new customers to the cable system worth another $2,500.
The school hasn't been designated a channel yet, but it will be announced.
What will be broadcast
Activities to be broadcast include school board meetings, athletic events, local concerts and homecoming activities.
March 24 should be the first school board session to be broadcast, the superintendent said.
Working with the Hubbard Optimist Club, the production class has 18 or 19 hours of interviews with older residents that will be broadcast as historical documentaries.
"The students are connecting with local history," Herrholtz said.
Herrholtz is very familiar with the operation of a school cable channel.
While a teacher and football and wrestling coach in Madison in Lake County, Herrholtz hosted a talk show on the school cable channel.
He discussed politics, and his guests included Bob Taft before he became governor and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Andrew Douglas.