M-W partners with LocalLive to provide free access to livestream of district athletics, ceremonies and more

on February 24, 2021

The Monroe-Woodbury Central School District is partnering with LocalLive to launch a livestream service to provide families and community members around the world free viewing access to sporting events, concerts, graduation/moving up ceremonies, and other district events from their homes. Monroe-Woodbury is the first school in Section IX athletics to partner with LocalLive.

The livestream service will kick-off on Wednesday, February 24 at 3 p.m. with a Girls Varsity Basketball instrasquad scrimmage. Viewers may access the livestream through this link: https://events.locallive.tv/events/46923.

“This long-lasting pandemic has taught us that we must be innovative. Monroe-Woodbury is pleased to work with LocalLive to provide another way for our families to connect with students and our schools in real time. While our school experience has certainly changed during the last year, this relationship between our schools and community remains the foundation of the work we do,” stated Superintendent of Schools Elsie Rodriguez.

LocalLive will place three permanent cameras at Monroe-Woodbury High School: on the main multipurpose field, in the main gym and in the auditorium. The district will also utilize a mobile unit, which will allow live access to events, performances and activities throughout the school district. Each event will be staffed by professional producers who will manage the cameras and oversee the livestream.

“Schools are a place to celebrate our students’ hard work and we’re excited to partner with LocalLive and share these special moments as they happen with friends, alumni and family members throughout the world. This is just another way for our district to strengthen ties among members of the Crusader family, far and wide. The possibilities are endless!” said Director of Athletics Lori Hock.

With support from LocalLive, M-W students will have the opportunity to join a broadcasting club. Not only will they receive training in using the LocalLive technology, they may also take advantage of a simple plugin option for play-by-play announcing.

“Our mission at LocalLive has always been to equip schools with the technology to create their own network. LocalLive enables schools to livestream and record hundreds of events every year without the daily burden of programming a website or setting up equipment. We are so thrilled to have Monroe-Woodbury as our first school in Section 9,” said LocalLive Vice President for Digital Content Kevin Devaney, Jr.

Monroe-Woodbury’s LocalLive service will be fully functional in March 2021. Community members will be able to access a calendar of upcoming events as well as a recorded archive of prior live streams on the M-W LocalLive channel. This channel will be linked on the district website beginning in March.

“One of the hardest parts of this pandemic has been our families’ inability to experience their children competing, performing and doing things they love, which is the highlight of a school year. This service will allow us to bring these once-in-a-lifetime memories into their homes and a sense of normalcy to our families,” said Assistant Superintendent for Compliance and Information Services Bhargav Vyas.