A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thurs., Feb. 16 at the Warwick Valley High School (WVHS) to celebrate the newly renovated Media Center and Communications Suite. Participating in the ceremony were WVCSD Superintendent, Dr. David Leach; WVHS Principal, Dr. Larry Washington; Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, James Yap; Assistant Superintendent for Business, Tim Holmes; Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Cindy Leandro; WVCSD Board of Education President, Lynn Lillian and many Board members; Steve Salvato, Director of Buildings and Grounds; WVHS Secondary Associate Principals Marguerite Fusco and Stephen Sweeney; WVHS librarians, Kathie Turner and Joy Fuca; WVCSD technology support staff, Ab Hamdoun, Julian Negri, Peter Presti and Dave Robbins; Food Service managers, Lois Radon and Julie Helmrich; Building and Grounds employees, Gary Ball and Donny Watch; and several WVHS students. Also present for the ceremony were Village of Warwick Mayor, Michael Newhard; Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Michael Johndrow; Chamber Assistant, Bea Arner; and many Chamber Board members.
Traditional Library Transformed into a Modern Media Center
This Media Center project involved re-configuring the High School’s traditional library into a modern media center with state of the art technology and flexible spaces for both individual and collaborative work. Several multi-purpose learning spaces, with moveable walls and furniture, can be easily reconfigured for different group sizes and uses. Teachers can bring classes to the Media Center, and students can come during their Unit Lunch or study hall to work individually or with other students.
The library’s book collection is housed in a quiet study area, complete with tablet computers that display the online “card catalog” for searching the collection. In the entry cafe area, students can grab a healthy snack from one of the vending machines, socialize and watch the news on a mounted television.
Communications Suite Upgraded to Professional Technology & Facilities
The redesign and renovation of the adjoining Communications Suite for communications classes includes a new classroom space; a television studio with a large “green screen” to allow insertion of any background after filming; new lighting, sound and video equipment; a new computer lab with professional editing software; a new control room and digital storage area; and a flexible viewing area.
Student Response to New Space ‘Overwhelmingly Positive’
Student response to the new Media Center and Communications Suite has been overwhelmingly positive, with most describing the updated learning center as “awesome.” The new area has quickly become a popular and central learning space in the high school. The renovation project was funded by the New York State Smart Schools Bond Act and as a District capital project.