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Batavia City School District Foundation

BCSD Foundation launches Engraved Brick Campaign at VanDetta Stadium

By Billie Owens
Jul 26, 2019, 3:06pm

Press release:

The Batavia City School District Foundation Inc. is proud to announce their Engraved Brick Campaign at VanDetta Stadium at Woodward Field.

The bricks will be located in front of the weight room and will be a “River Red” color. Each brick is $100 (including engraving). All engravings will be approved by the BCSD Foundation Inc. 

Each brick will be 7¾ x 4 x 1¾ inch and on each brick there will be a maximum of 14 characters per line with a maximum of three lines. A character is any letter, space or punctuation mark.

Order forms are available on the BCSD Foundation Inc. website here or at the Batavia City School District’s Instructional Services’ office at 260 State St., Batavia.

Orders received by Sept. 1 will be installed in the Fall of 2019. All others will be installed the following years.  

If you have any questions, please contact the BCSD Foundation Inc. at:  [email protected] or Julia Rogers at 343-2480, ext. 1010.

BCSD Foundation unveils new logo designed by BHS Class of '88 grad

By Billie Owens
Jun 5, 2018, 2:47pm
Press release:
The Batavia City School District Foundation Inc.'s Board of Directors is excited to unveil the Foundation's new logo.
This logo was designed by JanMarie Deni Gallagher at Visu-ation Graphic Design LLC in Spencerport. Gallagher is a 1988 graduate of Batavia High School.
The logo coincides with the mission of the BCSD Foundation Inc. which is to develop, procure and manage resources, contributions, and educational funding and ensure that these will be used to directly support the City of Batavia School District, its student population, programming, property development and student scholarship funding.
Community members who are interested in joining the Board of Directors of the BCSD Foundation Inc. are asked to email us at [email protected].
You may also check out our page at and find us under Quick Links.

City schools supporters kickoff new foundation to help district students thrive

By Howard B. Owens
Sep 27, 2016, 8:35am

To help expand and extend what Batavia City schools can offer students, a group of community supporters have come together to form the Batavia City School District Foundation, a nonprofit that will raise money within the community to assist with scholarships, grants for innovative classroom initiatives, sports and recognition awards for those who help city schools.

The foundation held its kickoff event last night at Carter's Restaurant.

"In the Batavia City School District, we do a very good job with the budget and the funds we have," said Leslie Johnson, foundation chair. "The tax base is slightly sluggish, but does that impede our progress? Fortunately, no, but it limits where we can go with that as far as what is required and a few steps beyond. We would like to go further."

During opening remarks, Superintendent Chris Dailey said among the opportunities he envisions is the ability for teachers to come up with innovative ideas or discover pieces of equipment that might be useful in the classroom and then, outside of the normal budget cycle, apply for grants to try out those ideas. If they work, then perhaps they can be incorporated into the next budget.

"We want to be on the cutting edge, not the bleeding edge when it comes to innovation," Dailey said. 

With a 95-percent graduation rate and many creative programs and demonstrated success in academics, arts, and athletics, the district is already among the best in the region, Daily said. The foundation and community support can help make it one of the best in the nation, he said.

The foundation will also provide scholarships for students who want to further their education and provide recognition awards for those who provide exceptional aid to the district in fulfilling its mission.

The idea for the foundation started with School Board Chairman Pat Burk many years ago, and he suggested Johnson to Dailey as a champion of the idea. Johnson, Dailey said, turned out to be the perfect choice because she had the vision and the ability to see it through. Dailey said staff member Bobbi Norton was also instrumental in organizing the foundation.

Jim Owen, Batavia's most popular substitute teacher, pictured above with Johnson, was also recognized as one of the honorary chairs because of his early financial support of the foundation.

Johnson said the desire to create a philanthropic foundation for the school district has little to do with constraints on revenue by the property tax cap or any sense of revenue shortage, but a real desire to help fund the gap between how good the district is and how good it can be, and just offer more opportunities for students to grow, learn and achieve.

"We hope to appeal to people who are already spending money philanthropic dollars elsewhere, and we're saying, 'keep it at home where it can really make a difference for these kids,' " Johnson said.

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