Brazosport ISD is excited to announce a new partnership with the City of Lake Jackson that will greatly enhance the Audio/Visual (AV) classes at both Brazosport and Brazoswood high schools. Utilizing the City’s Public, Education and Government (PEG) funds, they will help support the courses within the Digital Media Pathways that are offered at both schools. Officials at the City of Lake Jackson have agreed to provide funding totaling $200,326.05 for digital media and video equipment to BISD for the 2017-2018 school year in exchange for at least six student-produced video projects to be used on the City’s PEG television station and website.
“This is another great example of the tremendous support the City of Lake Jackson gives to the students of Brazosport ISD. We value and appreciate our outstanding partnership,” said BISD Superintendent, Mr. Danny Massey.
BISD and the City would like to see the partnership continue for many years, with hopes of extending the AV program to all BISD intermediate schools, and eventually to middle schools. Both entities see the value in investing in students and offering them “real world” experiences.
BISD AV educators are excited about the opportunities this partnership will bring their students. Robert Brown, AV teacher at Brazoswood High School said he is excited about the opportunity to work with the City of Lake Jackson on this endeavor. “It gives us the opportunity to upgrade our equipment and teach students using the most modern equipment in the Audio Video Production Industry.”
“Our students are joining a select group around the state. They will be creating programs for actual broadcast from scratch, and not just for their school's announcements. Students will be producing for the real world,” said Glenn Rankin, current digital coach for BISD. Glenn is a former AV educator and is working with both the Brazosport and Brazoswood High School AV programs to ensure a successful rollout of the partnership. “There is no better experience we could offer our students than providing genuine life and work experience.”
Lake Jackson City Manager Bill Yenne had this to say about the agreement, “We are extremely excited about this partnership with BISD and have always had a strong relationship with BISD. This new partnership will help provide the city with more avenues to communicate with our citizens, while giving students an opportunity to learn skills they can turn into marketable skills when they graduate.”
Brazosport ISD will begin to purchase new equipment this spring and will receive training needed for this new equipment over the summer. Students will begin utilizing the new equipment and working on projects for the city beginning this fall. Under the Texas Utilities Code Ch. 66, local cable service providers are required to pay the City 1% of the provider's’ gross revenue generated inside the City limits. These Public, Education and Government (PEG) funds may only be used for capital expenses related to Public, Education and Government (PEG) channels.