In the Studio
The Nancy Sprague Technology Center in Annandale, Virginia, houses our production facility. The talented staff of production professionals is able to bring ideas to fruition through the use of state of the art equipment. Thanks to funding received as part of a franchise agreement with county cable providers, Fairfax County Public Schools has an all-digital production facility with a production control suite, studio, and master control room.
Franchise fees have also funded six editing suites, all of which are HD-compatible. As a result, FCPS is positioned to continue producing high-quality television programming with advancements in the digital age. This supplemental funding allows us to stay at the leading edge of technology and to hire production professionals to produce educational programming that is on par with the finest broadcasters in the world.
Fairfax County Public Schools’ production capabilities also include a mobile production unit. Originally conceived as a cost-cutting alternative for transmitting live School Board meetings, the mobile truck allows FCPS to broadcast from various locations in and around Fairfax County. The truck’s digital signal can also link directly from any school or county building, via fiber optics, to FCPS’ video control room at the Sprague Technology Center. This capability makes the mobile truck a valuable communication hub for local residents in the event of a crisis. The franchise-funded vehicle is regularly used for live, national electronic field trips, School Board meetings, and other special events.
Versatility, high quality video, and a range of connectivity make the production truck a cost-effective asset in getting educational events and programs into the classroom.