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'American Pie' sequel may film at Newton High

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON — Newton High School could be the setting of a major motion picture and earn a little money for the Newton County School System, too.

NCSS Superintendent Gary Mathews is recommending that the Newton County Board of Education approve an application for use of school facilities by the production company Reunion Committee LLC for the filming of "American Reunion" in parts of the school during July.

The movie is part of the "American Pie" series that began in 1999 and includes much of the original cast, like Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan and Seann William Scott, who are all back in town for a class reunion and dealing with growing up, according to The Internet Movie Database. The movie is expected to be released in 2012.

The film company would like to use the school's gym for a reunion prom set, football field, commons area and hallways. The set could have up to 150 crew and 200 extras at one time and would need access to parking areas at both NHS and Porterdale Elementary School, as well as the NHS cafeteria, according to a request from the company.

Film dates are scheduled to run from July 11 through July 15, and the company would need access to the school from July 5 through July 22. The contract calls for the company to be off the school property after July 27.

The company is expected to pay $10,000 for use of the school from July 5 through 22 and will provide for cleanup and make any necessary repairs, said Dr. Dennis Carpenter, deputy superintendent of operations at NCSS. He said the money will go into the district's general fund, as do all rental fees.

"We expend these dollars as the district sees fit or to assist with unbudgeted expenditures or those expenditures that may happen to come in over budget," he said.

Carpenter said the schedule should not interfere with summer band, athletic and art programs going on at the school during the same time.

School board member Eddie Johnson requested that the system invest in its own resource officers for the filming, but school officials said movie crews typically bring in local law enforcement agencies themselves.

Both Carpenter and school Principal Craig Lockhart met with the production company and are looking forward to the school being used in the movie. Carpenter said Lockhart hopes to negotiate more scenes being filmed at the school in the future.

The Newton County Board of Education is expected to vote on the item at its monthly meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the board room at the Newton County BOE office, which is located at 2109 Newton Drive NE in Covington.