Oakland school board meets at Skyline this week

File photo by Sherry LaVars/Contra Costa Times

If you want to catch tomorrow night’s regular Oakland school board meeting, don’t go to the district’s headquarters at 1025 Second Ave. This time, the board meets at Skyline High School, 12250 Skyline Blvd, starting at 5 p.m. You can find the agenda here.

Oh, and if you have cable or the Internets at home, you can still watch these meetings live without subjecting your back to the ergonomically incorrect chairs in the board room. (Well, only for the meetings held on Second Avenue. You’ll have to head up the hill if you want to watch this week’s session.)

The Web site isn’t the easiest to navigate, but OUSD spokesman Troy Flint tells us how:

Late last year, we took the step of broadcasting the meetings live, something we continue to do with the exception of off-site meetings, due to the expense involved with these productions. Those wishing to view board meetings (and assorted committee meetings) should tune into KDOL 27. Times and agendas for regular board meetings are posted in the Board of Education section of the District website 72 hours prior to the meeting in question (24 hours for special meetings). This option is only available to Oakland Comcast subscribers.

We are currently streaming board meetings online in real-time (well, with a 10-second delay, actually). Users can view these by clicking the “Live Video Meeting” tab on top of the “Legislative Information Center” page in the BOE section off the website. Currently, there is no prompt for the next board meeting viewers can watch, but that will appear when the agenda is posted. Generally, the archived version of the last board meeting is posted online fairly quickly (in a day or so), although the most recent meeting may not appear until the end of the weekend. This is an isolated occurrence due to the unusual format of the last board meeting, where there was an adjournment for a special meeting amidst the regular meeting, creating the need for splicing.

Audiences can also keep abreast of board activities by watching archived versions of board meetings online. Online video of previous Board meetings is usually posted several days after the meeting’s conclusion, and can be found by selecting the “Calendar” tab in the “Legislative Information Center” of the website’s Board of Education section. Users should click the play button icon next to the word ‘Video” to queue the meeting.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.