Board meeting won't be televised

If any fireworks erupt at tonight's called meeting of the Muscogee County school board, most of the public will miss the show.

Though five board members have requested a TV rebroadcast of tonight's meeting to discuss constructing a multimillion dollar school administration building near Columbus' Macon Road library, the board's contract videographer won't be available to do the job, said board secretary Karen Jones.

She said Jim Anthony of Affordable Productions will be taping a One Columbus event tonight at the Trade Center downtown, so he won't be able to shoot the board meeting being held in the old Bradley Library.

Jones said by policy, called board meetings are taped for broadcast on the city's government-access channel if at least five members request it and "provided that service is available."

The board members requesting that the meeting be taped were Cathy Williams, Fife Whiteside, Brenda Storey, Joe Roberson and Naomi Buckner, Jones said. That doesn't mean the other members were opposed to it, she said, but she had not heard from them.

She said Anthony is paid $500 for the service.

The proposal to build an administration building has been controversial because estimates of its price tag range from $24 million to $31 million, depending on which costs are counted. Critics have called that exorbitant.