GMCR presents the Silver City Daily Press sponsored Silver Consolidated Schools Candidate Forum. It took place on Monday 16 January 2017 at Silver Schools Administration Building with SCDP publisher Nick Seibel moderating.
Election Day is Tuesday 7 February 2017 and early / absentee voting has already begun.
Additional information on the forum is available via the following links…
The Silver Schools – SC Daily Press Candidate Forum broadcast schedule is…
- 17 January 2017 / 9am
- 19 January 2017 / 8am
- 29 January 2017 / 7pm
- 31 January 2017 / 8am
- 5 January 2017 / 2pm
- 6 January 2017 / 9am
Or you can listen at your convenience via the following links…
- SC Daily Press – Silver Schools Candidate Forum – Part 1 of 2
- SC Daily Press – Silver Schools Candidate Forum – Part 2 of 2
As we noted in our post for the corresponding candidate forum for the Cobre Schools, audio quality is often a problem in Silver Schools public meetings and we recognize that both school districts face financial challenges. While the problems at the Cobre forum were apparently technical and indicated deferred maintenance issues, audience members at the Silver Schools forum also had difficulties hearing the candidates as they often do during school board meetings – primarily due to lack of training, lack of awareness and poor understanding of the how the equipment functions and exacerbated by speaking in a low voice and/or too far from the microphones. Microphone placement – screwed to the desktop at a distance from a comfortable seated position – further contributes to this problem. Rattling of papers, clicking of pens, and nervous repetitive actions like the drumming of fingernails on surfaces in proximity to mics degrades audio and the ability of listeners to hear and understand further still.
Poor audio quality in most government, public and private facilities in Grant County speaks further about the importance that these facilities owners and operators place on intelligible communication to their constituents and audiences and the priority that they place upon correcting longstanding and/or recurring problems. But often the problem lies with the human factor and lack of training and familiarity with PA systems, microphones, etc. Transparency and Accountability – often touted as primary concerns – are seriously inhibited when public officials cannot be heard or understood.