The Troup County school board on Thursday approved letting the superintendent and assistant superintendent enter into an agreement pending legal review that LaGrange Daily News and its parent company, Heartland Publications, pilot a live-stream video for the LaGrange High School games on the newspaper’s website, www. lagrangenews.com.
Board attorney John Taylor said he has reviewed the agreement. Board member John Darden said he felt the superintendent and assistant superintendent should be given the go-ahead to authorize it when they feel comfortable with the agreement’s terms.
Under the agreement, the newspaper would provide the necessary equipment to operate the project, and it will secure sponsorship revenues from local businesses to subsidize the project.
In addition, the school may, at its option, offer students the opportunity to participate in the project and learn about live-streaming video technology.
The benefit of live-streaming is to offer an avenue for fans and alumni to be able to see and hear the game when they are unable to attend or are out of range of the radio station broadcasting the event.
LaGrange Daily News approached Superintendent Cole Pugh to pilot a live-stream video for the LaGrange High School football games and provide the necessary equipment to operate the project.
Board member Ted Alford said he wanted to be sure live-streaming would not affect gate sales. John Radcliffe, assistant superintendent of operations, said administrators had spoke with LaGrange High principal Steve Cole and the athletics director, who were comfortable with the live-streaming as long as it didn’t affect gate sales.
Natalie Shelton can be reached at nshelton@ lagrangenews.com or (706) 884-7311, Ext. 229.