Princeton school district cuts trailblazing video program

SPRINGDALE, OH (FOX19) - For three decades, the Princeton Media Network has brought creativity to the classroom. It's a trailblazing program that has even churned out prominent Cincinnati news broadcasters like FOX19 anchor Tracey Johnson.

She anchored one of the first shows ever created by the program.

"I think back then, we were one of only a few high schools in the area that even offered a program like this one, so when I got to the university where I was going, I was kind of a step ahead," says Johnson.

But, in the middle of all the budget cuts, the Princeton Media Network went on the block too. The final broadcast will air at the end of this school year.

"We've cut nearly 28 million from our budget, just from since 2004, and this is one of those things where you think instructionally, it's not a luxury. This has been a terrific thing for us, but financially it's just something the district can no longer afford," says Tom O'Neill, school district spokesman.

He says Princeton administrators plan to keep one of the three teachers for the media program in the school district. He also says there is hope that video production will continue, but future student won't have the same equipment as the students have now.

"We'll probably wind up trying to find buyers for some of it, and some of it we will keep and continue to utilize," says Tom.

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