Call-in show with Supt. to air next month

Takaaki Sagawa, Author

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The Palo Alto Unified School District will host a live call-in TV broadcast featuring Supt. Max McGee at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 8. The show will be available on AT&T Channel 99, Comcast Channel 28 and Mid Peninsula Media Center’s Watch Now page.

The district hopes to improve communication and transparency with the community through the show “A Conversation with PAUSD Superintendent Dr. Max McGee,” according to PAUSD Communications Coordinator Tabitha Kappeler-Hurley.

“It’s all a part of a goal to communicate more with the community about all the great things that’s happening in schools, and obviously making ourselves available,” Kappeler-Hurley said. “Hearing from the parents and community directly through a live call-in show allows people to ask their own questions or voice any concerns.”

McGee hopes the broadcast will encourage the community to ask hard-hitting questions.

“[The purpose of the broadcast is] to really be able to answer what’s on people’s minds,” McGee said. “I think a lot of times, people keep tough questions to themselves, or they make assumptions. Well, here’s a chance to check out your assumptions about the district.”

The show is open to any type of question regarding the district from anyone in the community, according to Kappeler-Hurley.

“Anyone can call in and ask any questions that is on their mind,” Kappeler-Hurley said. “It could be around curriculum, funding, bonds or anything of that nature. If they have a question for Dr. McGee that is something of broad interest, I would encourage someone to call in and ask.”

Questions can be submitted via email to Kappeler-Hurley until Oct. 1. Call-in questions will be accepted during the show, however the phone number is yet to be released.

As this is the first call-in broadcast, Kappeler-Hurley is curious to see the turnout, which she will take into account for future methods of communication.

“I’m going to kind of test this the first time and see how the community reacts to this or enjoys this format,” Kappeler-Hurley said. “I’m hoping we can do two or three [live call-in shows] this year. But Dr. McGee is also open to doing things in a variety of ways, maybe community forums, tv shows or using video.”

McGee looks forward to answering any questions or concerns as the star of the show.

“I am hoping to get to answer some really tough questions,” McGee said. “But overall, I am looking forward to some lively interaction.”