Batavia City School District https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Batavia City School District https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Tue, 16 Apr 2024 23:36:59 -0400 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Thu, 14 Mar 2024 08:05:00 -0400 Tax increase or no increase, BCSD board wants to save what it can in budget https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/tax-increase-or-no-increase-bcsd-board-wants-to-save-what-it-can-in-budget/638674

Weighing out the options of a permissible 2.26 percent tax increase versus going whole hog for a super-majority vote and a 4 percent increase, or having no increase at all and actually tightening the belt and eliminating expenses for a tentative $60.5 million budget, Batavia City School board members covered the gamut of responses to a nearly $1.4 million budget gap during its second review Tuesday evening.

Toward the end of a 90-minute session, Vice President John Reigle posed a question that was perhaps three years too late. 

“Call me crazy, but should we start planning now? Those three years knowing, I mean, I kind of feel like we knew these COVID grants were running out. We should have been proactive and tried to replace that money instead of being in this position now. I think it's very difficult,” Reigle said.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/tax-increase-or-no-increase-bcsd-board-wants-to-save-what-it-can-in-budget/638674#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/tax-increase-or-no-increase-bcsd-board-wants-to-save-what-it-can-in-budget/638674 Mar 14, 2024, 8:05am Batavia City School District Tax increase or no increase, BCSD board wants to save what it can in budget jfbeck_99_272012 <div class="align-left"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/272012/2022-10/reigle_pic.png?itok=eMVsNEpL" width="200" height="331" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>Weighing out the options of a permissible 2.26 percent tax increase versus going whole hog for a super-majority vote and a 4 percent increase, or having no increase at all and actually tightening the belt and eliminating expenses for a tentative $60.5 million budget, Batavia City School board members covered the gamut of responses to a nearly $1.4 million budget gap during its second review Tuesday evening.</p><p>Toward the end of a 90-minute session, Vice President John Reigle posed a question that was perhaps three years too late.<span>&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>“Call me crazy, but should we start planning now? Those three years knowing, I mean, I kind of feel like we knew these COVID grants were running out. We should have been proactive and tried to replace that money instead of being in this position now. I think it's very difficult,” Reigle said.</span></p>
Batavia City Schools board considers overriding tax cap as one option for $3M budget gap https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/batavia-city-schools-board-considers-overriding-tax-cap-as-one-option-for-3m-budget A $3.1 million budget shortfall due to potentially retaining seven positions funded by grants that will end this September, a decrease in state aid, and a transportation contract that’s gone up by more than $500,000 has triggered a tax cap alert for Batavia City School board members.

That is, at least some of them have agreed they would consider overriding the state mandated tax cap increase, which for the city district is .72 percent. Members had a first go-round of the 2024-25 budget during Monday’s board meeting.

“If it is coming down to it, we’re going to have to look at every option,” Vice President John Reigle said.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/batavia-city-schools-board-considers-overriding-tax-cap-as-one-option-for-3m-budget#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/batavia-city-schools-board-considers-overriding-tax-cap-as-one-option-for-3m-budget Feb 27, 2024, 8:50pm Batavia City School District Batavia City Schools board considers overriding tax cap as one option for $3M budget gap jfbeck_99_272012 <p>A $3.1 million budget shortfall due to potentially retaining seven positions funded by grants that will end this September, a decrease in state aid, and a transportation contract that’s gone up by more than $500,000 has triggered a tax cap alert for Batavia City School board members.</p><p>That is, at least some of them have agreed they would consider overriding the state mandated tax cap increase, which for the city district is .72 percent. Members had a first go-round of the 2024-25 budget during Monday’s board meeting.</p><p>“If it is coming down to it, we’re going to have to look at every option,” Vice President John Reigle said.</p>
Batavia students and staff take the 'polar plunge' for a good cause https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/batavia-students-and-staff-take-the-polar-plunge-for-a-good-cause/638348
Over 100 people participated in this years 2024 Polar Plunge at john Kennedy Intermediate School.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
More than 100 people get ready for a cold spray as part of this week's 2024 Polar Plunge Friday at John Kennedy Intermediate School in Batavia.
Photo by Steve Ognibene
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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/batavia-students-and-staff-take-the-polar-plunge-for-a-good-cause/638348#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/batavia-students-and-staff-take-the-polar-plunge-for-a-good-cause/638348 Feb 17, 2024, 6:00pm Batavia City School District Batavia students and staff take the 'polar plunge' for a good cause jfbeck_99_272012 <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Over 100 people participated in this years 2024 Polar Plunge at john Kennedy Intermediate School. Photo by Steve Ognibene" class="image-style-large" height="533" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/a76y9084_0.JPG?itok=a2lrpIOM" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption>More than 100 people get ready for a cold spray as part of this week's 2024 Polar Plunge Friday at John Kennedy Intermediate School in Batavia.<br>Photo by Steve Ognibene</figcaption> </figure>
Restorative practices, authentic text -- high school's buzz words shift with the needs and the times https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/restorative-practices-authentic-text-high-schools-buzz-words-shift-with-the-needs
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Batavia High School Principal Jennifer Wesp

Empowering students, maximum potential, socially responsible citizens.

Those are some of the words “that popped out to me when I first became a principal when I started to dig into learning a little bit about Batavia,” High School Principal Jennifer Wesp said during Tuesday’s Batavia City Schools Board of Education meeting. “And then things like safe and nurturing environment, high moral character, and successfully meeting life’s challenges. So coming into this, I really was focused on how can we make sure that our culture is helping our students to rise to be the best students that they can be? And how can they take hose steps to really show the independence that they have within themselves?

“So I just wanted to say that I really grounded myself in the mission and vision as I started to think about the work that I was going to do,” she said.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/restorative-practices-authentic-text-high-schools-buzz-words-shift-with-the-needs#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/restorative-practices-authentic-text-high-schools-buzz-words-shift-with-the-needs Dec 20, 2023, 8:05am Batavia City School District Restorative practices, authentic text -- high school's buzz words shift with the needs and the times jfbeck_99_272012 <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="jennifer-wesp-liestman" class="image-style-large" height="403" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-07/bhs_jennifer-wesp-liestman_principal_final.png?itok=x6LR0J-v" width="280"> </div> </div> <figcaption>Batavia High School Principal Jennifer Wesp</figcaption> </figure> <p><span>Empowering students, maximum potential, socially responsible citizens.</span></p><p><span>Those are some of the words “that popped out to me when I first became a principal when I started to dig into learning a little bit about Batavia,” High School Principal Jennifer Wesp said during Tuesday’s Batavia City Schools Board of Education meeting. “And then things like safe and nurturing environment, high moral character, and successfully meeting life’s challenges. So coming into this, I really was focused on how can we make sure that our culture is helping our students to rise to be the best students that they can be? And how can they take hose steps to really show the independence that they have within themselves?</span></p><p><span>“So I just wanted to say that I really grounded myself in the mission and vision as I started to think about the work that I was going to do,” she said.</span></p>
BCSD voters approve $45M capital project Thursday, officials pleased https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/bcsd-voters-approve-45m-capital-project-thursday-officials-pleased/637600 After two public hearings with only a few Batavia City School District residents in attendance, the majority made their opinions known Thursday by a vote of 315 to 97 in favor of the $45 million capital project, district officials said.

The vote means that the capital project will proceed in 2024 to install two synthetic turf fields for the high school, a baseball and softball field each, and upgrades for every school building within the city school district.

District officials applauded the support, including school board Vice President John Reigle, who said that he was “very pleased and proud” about the results of the district’s Reimagined capital project vote.

“Our leadership team did a great job promoting the project and explaining the many benefits of the project to our community,” Reigle said to The Batavian Thursday night. “This is a great step towards ensuring our district keeps the high standards that our district students and community expect and deserve. I’d like to thank the community for their support in voting to approve this capital project for our district.”

Likewise, board member Alice Ann Benedict was also pleased with the results and thanked the community for its demonstration of support for the project.

“I am thrilled with the overwhelming support of the BCSD Capital Project. The project was well-advertised and explained to the community over the last number of weeks. We’ve had a lot of feedback, mostly positive, from the community,” Benedict said to The Batavian. “I am always pleased when the voting community supports the recommendations of the Superintendent and administrators. Keeping our buildings safe and up-to-date is the most important part of this project because our students and staff are the most important users of these buildings. There are numerous safety improvements included for all of the schools.

“With most of the questions coming because of the artificial turf cost on two fields, our athletes can be out on the fields a lot earlier because this project will improve the drainage issues our district fields suffer with,” she said. “We have also heard  positive feedback about the moving of the grades, especially fifth grade back to John Kennedy.”

The BCSD Reimagined Project's next phase will include engaging in the contractor bid process over the next 12 months, and the district expects the first phase of construction to begin in the spring of 2025. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the 2027 calendar year. BCSD will provide additional updates and project details to the Batavia community as they become available, officials said in a press release issued Thursday night.

“Thank you to the Batavia community for your steadfast support in passing our BCSD Reimagined Capital Improvement Project,” Superintendent Jason Smith said in the release. “With this initiative, we will address essential infrastructure needs across all of our buildings. These funds will also help us convert Robert Morris into a modern early childhood education center and enhance our athletic fields for year-round use. Your vote reflects a deep commitment to our students and schools' ongoing improvement and future success.”

Board President John Marucci added, “We are profoundly grateful to the Batavia community for their support, to our Batavia City School District leadership for their visionary guidance in spearheading this important project, and to our collaborative construction partners and Buildings and Grounds Committee, who played an integral role in its conception.” 

“It's a remarkable achievement to bring this project to fruition with a zero percent tax increase, reflecting our shared commitment to fiscal responsibility and educational excellence,” Marucci said. “This collective support and collaboration are invaluable in shaping a brighter future for the Batavia City School District students.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/bcsd-voters-approve-45m-capital-project-thursday-officials-pleased/637600#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/bcsd-voters-approve-45m-capital-project-thursday-officials-pleased/637600 Dec 14, 2023, 10:11pm Batavia City School District BCSD voters approve $45M capital project Thursday, officials pleased jfbeck_99_272012 <p>After two public hearings with only a few <span>Batavia City School </span>District residents in attendance, the majority made their opinions known <span>Thursday </span>by a vote of <span>315 to 97 in favor of the $45 million capital project</span>, district officials said.</p><p><span>The vote means that the capital project will proceed</span></p>
Musicians of Note applications being accepted, deadline March 28 https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/musicians-of-note-applications-being-accepted-deadline-march-28/637588 If you are or know of a Batavia City School alum or retired music educator with musical accomplishments, applications are now being accepted for the Musicians of Note awards.

Recipients need to have been an active performer or music educator, be at least 10 years out of high school, and have had a successful musical career in either performance, composition, education, theater or audio recording.

Nominations may be done posthumously to honor deceased musicians and educators from BCSD as well.

Complete and submit the application by March 28, 2024. 

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/musicians-of-note-applications-being-accepted-deadline-march-28/637588#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/musicians-of-note-applications-being-accepted-deadline-march-28/637588 Dec 14, 2023, 4:59pm Batavia City School District Musicians of Note applications being accepted, deadline March 28 jfbeck_99_272012 <p>If you are or know of a Batavia City School alum or retired music educator with musical accomplishments, applications are now being accepted for the Musicians of Note awards.</p><p>Recipients need to have been an active performer or music educator, be at least 10 years out of high school, and</p>
BCSD capital project hearing draws a party of one with many questions https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/bcsd-capital-project-hearing-draws-a-party-of-one-with-many-questions/637505
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Architect Brian Trott explains the artificial turf as Batavia resident Herb Schroeder listens during the city school district's capital project hearing Thursday at Batavia High School. 
Photo by Joanne Beck

Of the nine people at Thursday’s Batavia City Schools capital project public hearing, only one was a district resident who came to hear the presentation.

The remaining people in the auditorium were district staff, board members and an architect from the project design team. Although Herb Schroeder was the lone attendee, he came armed with a list of questions about the $45 million district-wide project.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/bcsd-capital-project-hearing-draws-a-party-of-one-with-many-questions/637505#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/bcsd-capital-project-hearing-draws-a-party-of-one-with-many-questions/637505 Dec 8, 2023, 7:58am Batavia City School District BCSD capital project hearing draws a party of one with many questions jfbeck_99_272012 <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Architect Brian Tott with Herb Schroeder" class="image-style-large" height="700" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-12/architect-brian-tott-with-herb-schroeder.jpg?itok=7Fpq4tbL" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Architect Brian Trott explains the artificial turf as Batavia resident Herb Schroeder listens during the city school district's capital project hearing Thursday at Batavia High School.&nbsp;</em><br><em>Photo by Joanne Beck</em></figcaption> </figure> <p><span>Of the nine people at Thursday’s Batavia City Schools capital project public hearing, only one was a district resident who came to hear the presentation.</span></p><p><span>The remaining people in the auditorium were district staff, board members and an architect from the project design team. Although Herb Schroeder was the lone attendee, he came armed with a list of questions about the $45 million district-wide project.</span></p>
Public hearing to provide information, answer questions about $45M BCSD capital project before vote https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/public-hearing-to-provide-information-answer-questions-about-45m-bcsd-capital The first of two public hearings about Batavia City School District’s proposed $45 million capital project will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the middle school auditorium, 96 Ross St., Batavia.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/public-hearing-to-provide-information-answer-questions-about-45m-bcsd-capital#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/public-hearing-to-provide-information-answer-questions-about-45m-bcsd-capital Nov 28, 2023, 7:50am Batavia City School District Public hearing to provide information, answer questions about $45M BCSD capital project before vote jfbeck_99_272012 <p><span>The first of two public hearings about Batavia City School District’s proposed $45 million </span><a href="https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/45m-batavia-capital-project-includes-repairs-turf-fields-a-move-back-for-fifth-grade"><span>capital project</span></a><span> will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the middle school auditorium, 96 Ross St., Batavia.</span></p>
Getting technical: new IT director presents plan for Comptroller findings https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/getting-technical-new-it-director-presents-plan-for-comptroller-findings/636902 Brian Sutton had his work cut out for him. 

It was 14 months ago when Batavia City Schools shed light on a Comptroller’s report that found the district paid some $17,000 in annual fees for hundreds of lost technology equipment from 2021-22. 

The report stated that the district did not

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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/getting-technical-new-it-director-presents-plan-for-comptroller-findings/636902#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/getting-technical-new-it-director-presents-plan-for-comptroller-findings/636902 Oct 19, 2023, 7:50am Batavia City School District Getting technical: new IT director presents plan for Comptroller findings jfbeck_99_272012 <p><span>Brian Sutton had his work cut out for him.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>It was 14 months ago when Batavia City Schools shed light on a Comptroller’s report that found the district paid some $17,000 in annual fees for hundreds of lost technology equipment from 2021-22.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>The report stated that the district did not</span></p>
BCSD celebrates school board recognition week Oct. 16-20 https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/bcsd-celebrates-school-board-recognition-week-oct-16-20/636891
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Submitted photo of Batavia City School District Board of Education.

Press Release:

The New York State School Boards Association recognizes Oct. 16-20 as School Board Recognition Week. This is a time to promote awareness and understanding of the important work performed by local school boards. 

Public schools form the bedrock of our communities and our country. Democracy thrives with educated citizens capable of critical thinking and civil discourse. And it is our local school boards who are ultimately responsible for student success.

“Our Batavia City School District Board of Education consists of seven dedicated volunteers who literally put the ‘public’ in ‘public education’ and play an important role in our community,” said Superintendent Jason Smith. 

“They are charged with reviewing and approving numerous policies, monitoring our Strategic Plan and academic goals, overseeing the superintendent (the only employee of the Board of Education), and serving as financial stewards for our community—all on a volunteer basis, with their only motivation to serve our students, staff, families, and our Batavia community.” 

Please join us in thanking and appreciating our Board of Education members here in Batavia: 

  • John Marucci, President

  • John Reigle, Vice President 

  • Korinne Anderson 

  • Alice Ann Benedict 

  • Barbara Bowman 

  • Jennifer Lendvay 

  • Chezeray Rolle 

For full access to our Board of Education information, agendas, and policies, click here: BCSD Board of Education, and if you want to learn more about our members, please visit this page: BCSD Board of Education Members.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/bcsd-celebrates-school-board-recognition-week-oct-16-20/636891#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/bcsd-celebrates-school-board-recognition-week-oct-16-20/636891 Oct 18, 2023, 2:17pm Batavia City School District BCSD celebrates school board recognition week Oct. 16-20 Press Release <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="2023-24-bcsd-board-of-education.jpg" class="image-style-large" height="477" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-10/2023-24-bcsd-board-of-education_0.jpg?itok=KdqO11TA" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption>Submitted photo of Batavia City School District Board of Education.</figcaption> </figure> <p dir="ltr"><span>Press Release:</span></p><blockquote><p dir="ltr"><span>The New York State School Boards Association recognizes Oct. 16-20 as School Board Recognition Week. This is a time to promote awareness and understanding of the important work performed by local school boards.&nbsp;</span></p><p dir="ltr"><span>Public schools form the bedrock of our communities and our country. Democracy thrives with</span></p></blockquote>