Local educators featured on new St. Lawrence County tv show premiering Monday
Friday, January 27, 2012 - 5:23 pm

A new public affairs TV “news magazine” focusing on St. Lawrence County will explore the future of local education when it premiers Monday.

Loosely based on “Washington Week in Review,” the first episode of “Finding Common Ground” will air 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 on WCKN, cable channel 30.

The show will feature guest panelists Tom Burns, District Superintendent for St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES; Elizabeth Kirnie, Superintendent of Norwood-Norfolk Central School; Ann Carvill, a former teacher and former Board of Education President at Potsdam Central School; and Donna Seymour, of the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women and a parent and grandparent. Alexandra Jacobs, Media Relations/Government Relations Manager at SUNY Potsdam, will moderate.

Panelists will look at the current state of education and discuss cuts in state aid, unfunded mandates, and the burden of soaring healthcare costs.

Groups working together to produce “Finding Common Ground” include AAUW of St. Lawrence County, League of Women Voters of St. Lawrence County, Seedcorn, the Center for Excellence in Communication at Clarkson University, and Communications students at Clarkson University, which has provided the technical video assistance.

The show will re-air Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. It will also be available on YouTube.com after the first broadcast.

The goal of the new production is to bring together a broad group of people who can put ideologies aside and listen to each other in order to find common values that lead to solutions to challenges and problems.

Meanwhile a new program has been added to WCKN’s schedule. “Democracy Now!” will air weekdays at 10 p.m. The hour-long news broadcast is described as a progressive, nonprofit and independently broadcast featuring award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.