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Our previous facilities plan ended more than a decade ago, making this the longest timespan without major construction or renovations to our schools since 1955.

Since 2017, two committees and dozens of community members, parents, staff, students, and architects have worked to develop a new, comprehensive plan to modernize our schools.

Option A

Key Improvements:

  • Basic safety and security upgrades
  • Some indoor air quality updates

Funding:

Spend $40 million over five years from operating funds and savings.  Expiring bond debt is paid off in 2025 and taxes will go down.

Approximate Five Year Spending
Basic Maintenance
$40 million
All elementary schools ($14 million)
Rotolo Middle School ($13 million)
Batavia High School ($13 million)

Taxes decrease* $750 per year

* Estimate of bond and interest tax levy for median home value ($350,000)

Option B

Key Improvements:

  • STEM studios and science labs
  • Improved special education spaces
  • Early learning suites
  • Student collaboration spaces

Improvements vary by school, see details »

Funding:

Spend $180 million over five years, funded by bonds, operating funds, and savings.  Expiring bond debt replaced by new bond debt.

Approximate Five Year Spending
Renovate
$110 million
Rebuild
$70 million
Alice Gustafson School
J.B. Nelson School
Grace McWayne School
Hoover-Wood School
Rotolo Middle School
Batavia High School
H.C. Storm School
Louise White School

Taxes increase $0

Option C

Key Improvements:

All aspects of Option B, plus: 

  • Rebuilding AGS and JBN (instead of renovating) 
  • More extensive work at RMS and BHS

Funding:

Spend $250 million over five years, funded by bonds, operating funds, and savings. Expiring bond debt replaced by new and more bond debt.

Approximate Five Year Spending
Renovate
$110 million
Rebuild
$140 million
Grace McWayne School
Hoover-Wood School
Rotolo Middle School
Batavia High School
Alice Gustafson School
J.B. Nelson School
H.C. Storm School
Louise White School

Taxes increase* $375 per year

* Estimate of bond and interest tax levy for median home value ($350,000)

Funding Options Relative to Guiding Principles

A B C
Operational:
Safe, secure, and comfortable 🟡 🟢 🟢
Meets District standards 🔴 🟡 🟢
Accessible to all 🔴 🟢 🟢
Sustainable in the long-term 🔴 🟡 🟢
Functional:
Partnerships and community use 🔴 🟢 🟢
Inspire pride and reflect our history 🟡 🟢 🟢
Support differing student paths 🟡 🟡 🟢
Flexible and adaptable to learning 🔴 🟡 🟢
Empower students and innovation 🟡 🟢 🟢
Social and emotional well-being 🟡 🟢 🟢
Collaboration for all stakeholders 🟡 🟡 🟢

FAQs

Why rebuild instead of renovate?

Simply put, its cheaper in certain cases.  The extent of renovations necessary to meet current needs at H.C. Storm, Louise White, Alice Gustafson, and J.B. Nelson are more expensive than rebuilding.

When will the referendum take place?

Depending on the feedback provided in the community survey, the Board of Education will consider a ballot question for the November 2022 election.

H.C. Storm and Louise White are younger than Alice Gustafson and J.B. Nelson, why rebuild them first?

The current conditions at HCS and LWS are more urgent.