PEG funds sent to local schools

FLINT TWP. — Public, Education and Government (PEG) access funds have been disbursed to help local school districts pay for certain communication projects this year.

The township board approved releasing $15,000 in PEG funds to the Carman- Ainsworth, Flushing and Swartz Creek school districts.

C-A gets the lion’s share – $8,000. Swartz Creek will receive $4,000 and Flushing will get $3,000.

Township Clerk explained that the money is divvied up according to the district’s population size in the township.

Before this disbursement, the township had accumulated about $18,000 in the PEG fund, which is provided under an agreement with Comcast Cable to return a percentage of franchise fees to the community for public access TV programs.

A request for PEG funding for Swartz Creek High School arrived in early September from a Visual Communications teacher making lessons plans.

Each school district is required to provide periodic written reports to the township on how the funds are spent. In the past, the money has been used to buy video equipment and to operate student-run public access broadcasts and such.

Carman-Ainsworth uses PEG funds for its CAMS News Network (CNN) at the middle school and Carman- Ainsworth Television (CATV HS) broadcasting class at the high school.

PEG funds are disbursed to school districts three or four times each school year. Since January 2013, some PEG funds also have been used to pay for videotaping of township board meetings which is posted on the township website and online.

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