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March 14, 2014 - 8:44am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, arts, music, batavia city schools.

Batavia City Schools are among five finalists in the state for a $10,000 prize from the NYS Lottery. The contest is built around the idea of students saying thank you for the support of the lottery. Choirs produced a video for the song "Thank you for being a friend." The prize money would go to the school district's music program.

To vote, click here (you'll be asked to log into your Facebook account).

March 11, 2014 - 1:31pm
posted by Kathie Scott in Board of Education, batavia city schools, foundation.

   The Batavia City School District Board of Education is forming a committee to establish a foundation to support the District and is looking for interested community members to serve on it.  In particular, the Board would like to encourage participation by individuals with experience in the areas of finance, endowment, not-for-profit, fund-raising, banking, education, or public school law .
   If interested, please contact the Superintendent's office at 343-2480 ext 1000.

December 11, 2013 - 5:18pm
posted by Alecia Kaus in batavia city schools.

According to Batavia City School Superintendent Christopher Dailey, John Kennedy Intermediate School will be closed tomorrow, Thursday Dec. 12, due to power issues.

Jackson School, Batavia Middle School, and Batavia High School will all be open.

October 21, 2013 - 8:52am

Starting today is National School Bus Safety Week from October 21-25, 2013 and this year’s motto is "At My Stop - You Stop!"    Motorist should be aware to always stop for a stopped school bus it is the law.  Everyone has to stop when a school bus displays their red lights even when they are on the other side of the road and even on divided highway.  Everyone must stop no matter where they are on the road.

At First Student, the bus company that transports our students here at the Batavia School District, comments that one of the most common driver complaint is that motorists violate the school bus stop law every day.  Motorists are required to use caution and slow down when flashing yellow lights are activated and stop for a stopped school bus that is displaying the flashing red lights.

Sometimes drivers are not fully paying close attention to their driving, they are too busy texting, talking on the phone or just are not paying attention and pass a stopped school bus.  This serious poor safety action could lead up to a $250 fine, traffic tickets and up to suspension of license for passing a stopped school bus with their reds on.  All motorists need to better understand the seriousness of this traffic law and pass the word to each other to make the roads safer for all our students. 

“Our main concern is safety” said Location Manager Tonya Thompson of First Student .  “We educate both  our drivers and our students to ensure that each stop is a safe stop for everyone, so please help us make the road safe for our students too by doing your part and stop for a stopped school bus”.

September 17, 2013 - 2:06pm
posted by Steve Ognibene in girl scouts, batavia city schools, Recruitment.

The Girl Scouts of Western New York is having a Great Girl Scout Sign-up Day. The recruitment is to get new girls of all ages to sign on to experiment in being artistic and creative. Come join us! The event will be this Saturday Sept. 21, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. at the Batavia Girl Scout Office, 5 Jackson St., Batavia.

For more information contact Melissa Landers at 585-993-0462 or [email protected]

Pictured above from left are: Allison Lougheed finance consultant, Jessica Costley events coordinator, Melissa Landers registrar, Michelle Maniace service unit manager/product sales manager and Laura Ranalli secretary/recognition the new service unit team. (They are also leaders and co-leaders.)

June 19, 2013 - 9:11am
posted by Kathie Scott in Batavia High School, batavia city schools.

Highlights from the Board of Education meeting on June 18 include news and updates about the following: 

New High School Principal

The Board of Education approved the appointment of Scott Wilson as the new principal of Batavia High School. In his recommendation, Superintendent of Schools Christopher Dailey noted that Wilson was clearly the best candidate of the 35 applicants who submitted to the rigorous screening and interview process. 

“Scott Wilson has just the right mix of teaching and administrative leadership that we are looking for in our next principal,” Dailey said. He cited Wilson’s 13 years experience at Churchville-Chili Senior High School -- where he was a social studies teacher, swimming coach, and leader in teaching initiatives -- as well as his past eight years as a high school assistant principal in the Hilton Central School District where he was responsible for building the master schedule, being the student activities liaison, supervising departments, leading the assessment and grading teams for the district, and presenting at the national PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) conference. 

Daily said, “I am thrilled to recommend a proven leader, communicator, team-builder, collaborator, student-centered educator to our Board of Education.”

Wilson begins as principal in July.

Reviews and Previews

As one year ends and the Board looks forward to the next, the Board discussed and reflected on some of the key components of both.

Graduation… Even more telling than our graduation percentages being up by about 10 percent are the success stories of our students as they move on to the next chapter of their lives. Many students will pursue more education or enter directly into the workforce and Dailey made special note of how impressive it is that all of our IEP (Individual Education Plan) students have secured their diplomas as well as jobs upon graduation. The graduation ceremony will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Genesee Community College.

Consolidation… Dailey was pleased to share a comment from a Jackson parent who originally had been opposed to the consolidation. Through their child’s adaptation to the new school as well as through their regular volunteer work at the school, they described Principal Diane Bonarigo as a “gem in the community” and expressed the desire that all parents will have the opportunity to experience the “wonderful world that Mrs. Bonarigo and her staff have created.”

Capital Project… Now that the project has been approved by the voters, Dailey noted that the Buidings and Grounds Committee has begun to meet with the architects to develop a timeline for completion. The first step is to submit plans to New York State for approval. 

Board Changes…

            Steve Mountain, Board of Education member for six years, has concluded this official service to the District. Unable to be at the meeting, he sent a letter, thanking the Board, commending them and the staff for their hard work, and noting that he will continue to be an advocate for our youth and our committee. Superintendent Dailey noted that Mountain’s dedication and guidance will be missed.

            Ex-officio… Thanking Kaitlin Logsdon for her year of service as the ex-officio Board member, Dailey praised her professionalism, community spirit, and her advocacy for students. Kaitlin introduced Batavia HS student Samir Jain, who will serve as the ex-officio Board member for the 2013-14 school year.

           Senior Trip… Members of the Class of 2014 presented their plans for their senior trip, scheduled for June of 2014. Their plans to go to Cedar Point and the Kalahari Sands Resort in the Cleveland area were approved.

February 28, 2013 - 4:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, schools, education, batavia city schools.

Looming federal budget cuts could mean cuts in one of Batavia City School's most needed programs, Superintendent Chris Dailey told WBTA today.

AIS (Academic Intervention Services) helps students in both math and English as well as special education.

Those are some of the students most in need of help, Dailey said.

The cuts could range from $75,927.40 to $121,283.84 and would be implented if the so-called sequester takes effect after a Friday deadline.

“It’s very scary because New York state still isn’t providing public schools with the level of funding that they did in 2009-10,” Dailey said. “On top of that now, the federal government is pulling out money that they give to schools that have students that are at or below the poverty rate and we are one of the districts that have a high percentage of that. They’re taking money away to help our highest-needs kids in a political game.”

There will be a rally in Geneseo Friday to encourage lawmakers to protect education funding. To reserve a spot on the transportation shuttle or more information on the event, call the district office.

November 6, 2012 - 10:28pm

   Due to the pending sale of the Administration Building at 39 Washington Avenue, the Batavia City School District Administration Offices will be relocated to Batavia High School, 260 State Street, starting Friday, November 9, 2012. All phone numbers and extensions will remain the same. The offices will all be accessible through the State Street parking lot.

Some of the new locations in BHS of commonly visited offices include: 

Superintendent/Personnel Room 48

Registration/Curriculum Room 40

Student Services Room 43

Buildings & Grounds Room 41

Business Room 45

Board Room Room 49

For any questions, please call 343-3480, extension 1000.

NOTE: The Move Will Include an Interruption  to Electronic Contacts(Phone, Internet, Webpage)  During Thanksgiving Break

   On Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 5 p.m. all district network services will go offline for maintenance. All district phone, email, webpage and computer services will be unavailable until 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, 2012. Students will not be in session on Wednesday, November 21, 2012. The administration and school offices will have no access to phones or computers.

Jackson Primary: School and Main Office Closed

John Kennedy Intermediate: School and Main Office Closed

Batavia Middle School: School and Main Office Closed; 5/6 Office Open

Batavia High School: Main Office Closed; Assistant Principal Office Open

Administration Offices:

• Superintendent, Buildings & Grounds, Business Offices Open

• Special Education and Registration/Curriculum Offices Closed

September 26, 2012 - 9:01am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, schools, education, batavia city schools.

SUBMITTED by Kathie Scott, coordinator of public information, Batavia city schools

“Like Us” on Facebook, and Respond to Survey
Public Relations Committee Chair Patrick Burk reported that the committee continues to explore cost-effective ways to increase coverage of district news and accomplishments, with both the amount of news and the methods of delivery being expanded.

A survey has been posted to the Web site (, will be sent home in school newsletters, and will be inside the district newsletter in order to solicit input from the full spectrum of community members about their preferences regarding district communications. The committee is exploring the use of college interns as well as BHS students as a means to expand its capabilities for covering positive news.

The district launched a Facebook page (  in time for Homecoming and has been encouraging students, particularly those involved with the BHS yearbook and those taking media courses, to become involved in providing pictures and short news items for it. The page will also serve as a feeder that leads back to more detailed information on our Web site.

Also carrying the Homecoming theme, Board Member Gretchen DiFante interviewed two teachers who are BHS alumni -- Physical Education teacher and Varsity Football Coach Brennan Briggs and Science teacher Elena Chmielowiec -- for their stories about graduation from and returning to BHS. That article is posted on our Web site (  as well as online with and

Superintendent of Schools Margaret Puzio, who has been an active member of the committee, added that BHS teachers have responded enthusiastically to the idea of incorporating some publicity-related “real life” experiences into their lessons by having students photograph and write about events. She also said she has been keeping the Management Team informed of the PR Committee’s initiatives and all are excited about the possibilities.

BHS Homecoming in Full Swing
Student Ex-officio Board Member Kaitlin Logsdon updated the board members on the activities at the high school, including activities for Homecoming Week, Sept. 24-28. ( ), and athletic updates, including the boys’ cross-country team coming in first last weekend, gymnastics team coming in second in its last competition, and the swim team winning its first meet of the season. In addition, organizations such as honor societies have begun meeting and planning their events for the year.     

More after the jump (click on the headline):

September 17, 2012 - 9:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, batavia city schools.

Information from the city school district:

The voters of the Batavia City School District on Monday overwhelmingly approved the sale of the District Administration Building. Those in favor numbered 272 (95.4%) compared to 13 who voted no (4.6%).

On July 23, the board of education authorized the transfer of the property, located at 39 Washington Ave., for $500,000 to Reed Batavia Properties LLC, pending voter approval.

The property was identified as surplus during the consolidation analysis process the district undertook in 2011, which also resulted in the closure of Robert Morris Elementary School. The administrative offices will be relocated to Batavia High and Jackson Elementary schools.

Now that the public has approved the sale of property, Reed Batavia Properties will need to complete its due diligence process in order for the transaction to be finalized. It is expected that the transfer will take place by Nov. 1.

Superintendent Margaret Puzio expressed her appreciation of the vote outcome. 

“The taxpayers and the children of the school district are both winners as a result of the vote. The extra funds will be used to reduce the tax burden along with maintaining the educational program.”

September 17, 2012 - 2:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, batavia city schools.

Batavia city residents are being asked to vote today on a proposal to sell the school district's administration building on Washington Avenue.

Polls are open until 9 p.m.

The district has an offer of $500,000 for the building and the option to use the maintenance shop on the site for five years.

The offer comes from Reed Eye Associates, which will convert the building into a medical facility.

Residents may vote in the following locations:

  • Batavia High School -- Residents who live south of Route 5
  • John Kennedy Intermediate -- Residents who live north of Route 5
June 14, 2012 - 5:40pm

It was a ceremony of celebration more than remembrance as the students and staff of Robert Morris School said goodbye to their decades-old institution and walked into a new future of consolidated classes at three Batavia city schools.

"They're excited and they're ready," said Robert Morris Principal Diane Bonarigo of the students who walked out of the doors of Robert Morris for the last time today. "They'r in a very good place. It's important that we close our year knowing that they will be looking forward to going to their new school next year."

The district's consolidation plan will make Jackson a pre-K through first-grade school and John Kennedy will contain classes for second, third and fourth grades. Fifth-graders will move to Batavia Middle School.

Bonarigo said students felt more comfortable with the transition after a series of open houses where they ran into friends from other schools that they met through sports and other activities and realized they will now all be in the same school.

"We will be one city school family," Bonarigo said.

June 4, 2012 - 9:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, batavia city schools.

City Manager Jason Molino got a warm reception Monday from the board of Batavia city schools when he pitched the idea of extending a pair of tax exemptions for property owners who make improvements.

The city council has already passed the exemptions and now Molino is trying to get both the school board and the county legislature to follow suit.

Getting the exemptions extended to the other agencies would "help us do a better job of marketing the exemptions," Molino said. "It would make it a much more attractive incentive."

One exemption applies to commercial or residential property owners and has been on the books in Batavia for some time. It would provide a tax abatement on the increased assessment that might result from restoration or significant improvements to a property.

Putting on a new roof, for example, wouldn't qualify, but if a property owner who resided there, installed a new roof, put in new windows and made other repairs to a rundown property, it could qualify for tax abatement.

An addition to a property that drives up the assessed value would also qualify.

The second exemption applies to owners of commercial property who convert the property to mixed use and include residential.

For example, a three-story downtown building that remained retail on the first floor but was converted to residential on the second and third floors would qualify.

The exemptions work like a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) in commercial development where the property owner continues paying taxes at the same rate on the original assessed value of the property, bu gets a graduated break on the taxes related to the increase in assessed value over a period of years.

The program, according to Molino, is designed to foster improvements to local property and drive the city's strategic goal of bringing more residents into Downtown Batavia.

No board members spoke against supporting the proposal.

The district's attorney will need to draft resolutions in order for the school district to adopt the exemptions.

"Anything we can do to strengthen the housing stock in the City of Batavia, we should absolutely be doing," Trustee Steve Mountain said.

May 22, 2012 - 8:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, schools, education, batavia city schools.

Press release:

District parents and students are encouraged to attend Open House events at the Middle School, John Kennedy, and Jackson building sites. 

We hope to have parents and students tour the buildings where students will attend next year and meet some of the staff. Also, this is a great time to sign up for newly forming parent groups at each of the schools. 

Details are as follows: May 30 -- Next year’s fifth-graders and their families are welcome to tour Batavia Middle School. Short presentations will occur in the school auditorium at 4 and 5:45 p.m. Refreshments will be served and tours will be informal. Be sure to sign up to participate in the parent group for parents of fifth- and sixth-grade student. Also,the YWCA will be at the middle school on both days with information on their after-school child care program for the 5/6 House.

Next year’s second-, third-, and fourth-graders and their families are welcome to tour John Kennedy School. Short presentations will occur in the school auditorium at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and tours will be informal. Be sure to sign up to participate in the parent group for parents of second-, third-, and fourth-grade students.

May 31 -- Next year’s sixth-graders and their families are welcome to tour Batavia Middle School. Short presentations will occur in the school auditorium at 4 and 5:45 p.m. Refreshments will be served and tours will be informal. Be sure to sign up to participate in the parent group for parents of fifth- and sixth-grade students. Also, the YWCA will be the middle school on both days with information on their after-school child care program for the 5/6 House.

Next year’s pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first-graders and their families are welcome to tour Jackson School. Short presentations will occur in the multipurpose room at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and tours will be informal. Be sure to sign up to participate in the parent group for parents of pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first-grade students.

May 15, 2012 - 10:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, batavia city schools.

A total of 1,179 people turned out to vote in the Batavia City Schools election today, approving a $40 million budget with nearly 61 percent of the vote and electing one new school board member.

Gretchen DiFante, one of two candidates not currently on the board, was the top vote getter in the election with 736 votes. Incumbent Gail Stevens garnered 623 votes and Phil Ricci, an appointee running for school board for the first time, got 616 votes.

Incumbent Gary Stich lost with 490 votes and newcomer Dennis Warner came up short with 472 votes.

The budget passed 690 votes to 446. 

Creation of a student ex-officio board member passed 852 to 214 votes and changing transportation mileage for students passed 808 to 240.

These are unofficial results.

May 14, 2012 - 2:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, batavia city schools.

Batavia City School officials have released an FAQ related to the proposed school budget that is posted on the district's Web site (PDF).

The FAQ covers such topics as administrative salaries, positions eliminated by school consolidation and moving to a centralized business office at BOCES.

The vote on the school budget, along with the trustee election, is tomorrow. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

March 2, 2012 - 1:44pm
posted by Steve Ognibene in children, jackson elementary, public, batavia city schools.

P.A.R.P. stands for Parents As Reading Partners.  Today the staff at Jackson School rolled out the red carpet for the month of March for students to read.  The program presents an exciting cliffhanger that the students find the conclusion to through reading.

Some of the characters from favorite childrens books were played out during this event like the Cat in the Hat, Miss Frizzle, Ramona, Harry Potter, Dr. Doolittle, Pippi Longstocking and Judy Moody were greeted by Brooke Mark and Ed Itor.

P.A.R.P. is a National program designed to encourage chidren to read at home with thier parent, guardian, grandparents, or siblings for at least 15 minutes each day.

Learning to read is the single most important activity in a child's education.  P.A.R.P. asks parents / guardians to encourage thier child to read, impressing upon them the fact that reading can be fun as well as informative.

Pictured below are some of the characters at todays event kickoff.

Miss Frizzle

Harry Potter

Cat in the Hat

Photos by Steve Ognibene


January 10, 2012 - 10:51am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, schools, education, batavia city schools.

Submitted by Kathie Scott, coordinator of public information, Batavia City Schools

Highlights from the Batavia City School District Board of Education meeting on Jan. 9 include the following:

Important Calendar Change
A recent change in the New York State Education Department’s assessment schedule has forced the district to revise the school calendar. Superintendent of Schools Margaret Puzio noted that April 27, initially scheduled as a Superintendent’s Conference Day, a scoring day for the State ELA tests, and a day off for students, is now a testing date for state math assessments.

The proposed calendar change that is under consideration for the district is to have a half-day of school on April 27 to accommodate the state math assessments in the morning and accommodate the scoring of ELA tests in the afternoon. As soon as the decision is final, it will be announced.

District-wide Bullying Prevention Program
As many media announcements, some tragic, have documented, one of the greatest threats to the safety of schoolchildren today is from bullying by their peers. Because the safety and well-being of our students is such a high priority, staff members have been researching and preparing a district-wide anti-bullying program for the past year.

Superintendent Puzio announced the official implementation of the program, noting that a letter and brochure will be sent home to parents to explain important elements of the program and to enlist their support and cooperation.

The brochure highlights key points of the program such as the Three Key Components of Bullying Behavior (1: aggressive behavior; 2: typically involves a pattern of behavior, repeated over time; and 3: includes an imbalance of power or strength) and the Four District Behavioral Expectations. (1: We will not bully others. 2: We will try to help students who are bullied. 3: We will try to include students who are left out. 4: If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.)

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