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Students produce video about revised capital project proposal

Screen capture of student-produced videoWho better to explain the renovations proposed for Marcellus High School – to accommodate the demands of 21st century learning – than students who’ve spent the better part of four years in its classrooms?

In anticipation of next month’s community vote on a proposed capital improvement project at Marcellus Central Schools, Principal John Durkee and district Business Administrator Anthony Sonnacchio enlisted the help of four seniors currently enrolled in an independent film class to produce a video explaining the scope of the project.

Click here to view the video.

“Our school has not been renovated since it was built,” said student Alec Bonk, who joined classmates Audrey Cerrone, Matt Corcoran and Noah Townsend in researching, producing and editing the 4-minute video. “Some areas have not been changed since the building was constructed over 50 years ago.”

To get a handle on how the proposed project would improve their school (as well as select areas of Driver Middle School and K.C. Heffernan Elementary School), the students interviewed Mr. Durkee and Mr. Sonnacchio, as well as Superintendent of Schools Craig Tice and Board of Education members. The final video includes on-camera interviews with Mr. Durkee and Board President Ryan Riefler. The students also shot exterior and interior footage of classrooms, parking lots and original infrastructure, such as heating and ventilation systems.

The video represents the students’ first project with the potential for real-world impact, they said.

“People don’t realize how much the school needs to be updated,” Audrey said. “We know parents and community members are not in the building every day like the students are, so we wanted to show them how much this affects us, so they’ll come out and vote.”

The four students screened the video for board members during their Feb. 9 meeting. The final product was met with resounding applause from the Board of Education.

A public hearing about the proposed capital project is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at Driver Middle School. The community vote will be noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the high school.

Photo of student Alec Bonk   Photo of student Audrey Cerrone   photo of student Matt Corcoran   photo of student Noah Townsend
Alec Bonk                             Audrey Cerrone                   Matt Corcoran                      Noah Townsend

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