Local news will now be high definition

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Peter Castellano, a board member of the Community Partnership for Egg Harbor Township Schools Inc., announces a donation during the Board of Education’s meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – “I am proud to announce that now EHT-TV is HD,” Peter Castellano, a board member of the Community Partnership for Egg Harbor Township Schools Inc., announced during the Board of Education’s Tuesday, Oct. 9 meeting.

The technological shift was made possible by the Partnership’s donation of more than $35,000 in digital television studio upgrades and equipment including three new digital cameras.

Kristen Dirato, the station manager for EHT-TV, said the new equipment will convert the station from analog to digital.

“We are able to keep up with the times,” she said, expressing appreciation for the donation. The donation will include brand new cameras, cabling and switches needed to produce high-definition content, she said. The items are set to arrive within two months.

EHT-TV is operated at the high school by the media department and its students. Township Committee meetings, the district’s Saturday Science Show and other local news and information appear on Comcast Channel 2.

“The kids are getting excited,” she said. “They will be able to learn two systems, the analog one we have now and soon, we will have the HD.”

 Dirato said learning dual systems will benefit the students as they enter college or the workforce.

“Some of studios aren’t HD yet, so knowing the old system will be helpful too.”

The Board of Education recognized the Community Partnership during the meeting for its continued support of the district including the LED marquee sign at the front high school entrance, new playgrounds at Slaybaugh and Davenport Complexes, a Steinway Grand Piano for the high school’s Performing Arts Center, district-wide automated external defibrillators, Alder Avenue Middle School’s Josten’s Renaissance Program and more.

 Established in 2006, the Partnership is an independent IRS-recognized 501(c) (3) non-profit public charity dedicated to providing financial support to Egg Harbor Township School District and its students. The Board of Directors is drawn from the locally-rooted public and private business sectors, district stakeholders, township government and caring community members who volunteer their time to raise money for the schools.

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