Hilliard Northwest News

Interactive opportunity

'Online lunch' features McVey, three students


Hilliard residents have an opportunity to hear firsthand accounts from students about their educational experience at Hilliard City Schools during an "online lunch" with Superintendent Dale McVey.

The session will be broadcast via the district's website, hilliardschools.org, beginning at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

The interactive broadcast is intended to provide school district residents, particularly those who do not have children in the school system, with an opportunity learn more about the district, meet students and ask questions of district officials concerning the district's operation.

"This session will look at how the type of education Hilliard City Schools provides impacts the various stakeholders in the community," McVey said.

Three students will join McVey during the broadcast.

District spokeswoman Amanda Morris said Jan. 21 those three students were yet to be chosen but district officials expected to choose one student from each high school.

The Jan. 30 session will be the second such broadcast this school year. The district offered three web broadcasts last year, the first year it did so, Morris said.

"We are one of the few districts we know that perform this for our residents," she said.

Each broadcast has a specific theme. The Jan. 30 broadcast focuses on the meaning of a 21st-century education.

"We as a district often speak about providing students a 21st-century education, but these students are living it and we wanted them to share their experience," Morris said.

The broadcast also allows the parents who cannot attend evening meetings of the board of education to speak to the superintendent.

The session will last about an hour.

Participants simply need to visit hilliardschools.org and click on the appropriate link to join the online discussion. A third-party vendor provides the video-conferencing opportunity. The session has a 200 participant limit and participants may log on as early as 11:30 a.m.

No special programs or computer formats are required, however certain settings are recommended. Community members can find these suggestions on the district website.