High school broadcast goes live

"It's a different way of learning from the normal everyday," he said. "We come into the class, and the whole class is a real world problem that has to be solved."

The week prior to the election, Holgate and Bryfonski interviewed school Superintendent Janice White and incumbent board members Jeffrey Piro, Mia Pfitzer and Francis Palumbo, all of whom ran unchallenged for re-election.

"Most students have never met administrators and don't know anything about the administration who make the decisions that affect us every day," said Bryfonski. "Its nice to feel like I was involved in the administration for a change since most kids never see that side of the schools."

Also in the week prior to the live broadcast, the duo conducted a poll among school peers to learn if students were aware of the coming elections or the issues on the ballots.

They learned that while most students were unaware of the $107,353,350 budget, which represented a 2.92 percent increase from 2007-2008 numbers, the $3.2 million site improvement proposition for Dorothy Nolan Elementary School or the $845,000 proposition to purchase up to eight 66-passenger school buses, students did know that the election was coming. They, however, had issues of their own.

"Better cafeteria food was one thing everybody wants," said Holgate laughing.

A more serious item students would have liked to see included in the budget was more money for the music and arts departments, especially the drama club, which is currently unfunded.

At 8:55 p.m., as the polls prepared to close, Holgate, Bryfonski and the technology instructors who assisted them, prepared to go live with election results.

"Five minutes, everybody," L'Hommedieu said.

"My biggest concern is getting the numbers straight," said technology instructor Donna Andress, whose responsibility included gathering incoming vote counts and displaying them in real time.

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