Buffalo Public Schools – Phase II Reconstruction Completed

23 Nov


For those of you that don’t regularly visit the frontpage of WNYMedia.net, I’d like to point you in the direction of a cool post from Marc Odien. We were hired to complete a video piece highlighting the completion of the Phase II School Reconstruction Project and the project is quite exciting.

The video was presented at the grand opening Ceremony for the Phase II at Performing Arts High School the other night. A total of $327 Million went into renovating 14 Buffalo Public Schools and All High Stadium in Phase II. While there are issues with the surrounding neighborhoods, blighted properties, and other significant issues; this video takes a look at a significant investment into the education infrastructure in the City of Buffalo. Hopefully, work will continue to redress other issues, but this project is great news for the students and teachers.

Video is after the jump…

3 Responses to “Buffalo Public Schools – Phase II Reconstruction Completed”

  1. Buffalo Blood Donor November 23, 2007 at 12:29 pm #

    There was obviously a lot of pride put into the production. Those schools sure look purdy now. This is a nice, feel good video, full of sweetness and light, but all that sugar is not much more than empty calories.

    Will $327M in physical plant reconstruction make a difference in students’ grades? I hope so, but my real question is: Will the Buffalo school system even bother to try to MEASURE whether or not the renovations made any difference? My guesses: No and No, not without a concomitant improvement in education quality.

    What struck me odd about the video is that is emphasizes the benefits of the reconstruction without backing it up, and does so at the expense of any educational improvements in teaching, administration or ANY other actual programs.

    I thought the propaganda quote “Phase 2 dollars will now allow students to expand their minds like never before” was way over the top. Who wrote that, some state senator looking for a pat on the back?


  2. Christopher Smith November 23, 2007 at 1:20 pm #

    Well, I thought I was clear that the video was not done as a news piece. We were retained by the Buffalo Public Schools to produce a video for the ceremony. So, it is similar to a corporate video…

    I thought I’d share the video piece with everyone because I thought Marc did a great job and I think that no matter how you slice it, improving the physical plant of each school is a good thing. Will it produce tangible benefits? I don’t know. Is there a measurement in place to determine if the physical improvements enhanced testing scores? I don’t know, but it seems like a fairly difficult metric to nail down.

  3. Pauldub November 23, 2007 at 1:47 pm #

    Create an environment that is more conducive to learning, and you improve the chances of it happening. Simple enough. Will you see immediate dramatic improvement in test scores? Probably not. But I am willing to bet that you will see some improvement.

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