In Building Our Future Together, we’re developing a future-ready master facilities plan for our schools. Learn about our process, findings so far, and share your input.

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The Building Our Future Together Core Team hosted a virtual Q&A on April 26th to field questions and comments from the community. The recording of this event can be found HERE.

Planning Process and History

BPS101 schools need long-term plans for maintenance. The last master facilities plan ended in 2009 making this the longest timespan without major construction/renovation since 1955.

The planning process was led by a Core Team of community stakeholders and included five phases that started with seeking a deep understanding of what education is like today and exploring what it may look like in the future.

  • BPS101 has had at least seven stakeholder “commissions” or committees to study school facilities and education needs since the mid-1980s.
  • The last master facilities plan concluded with Batavia High School additions in 2009.
  • The last decade (2010-present) is the longest timespan without major school construction or renovation in Batavia since 1955.

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Current Facility Conditions

BPS101 school buildings were assessed as being in poor or fair condition — we’re working toward good or excellent.

BPS101 operates eight schools that range in age from 20 to 60+ years.

  • Recent assessments rated three schools in poor condition and five in fair condition. Ideally, all schools would be rated as good or excellent.

Learn more about our schools and their conditions >>

Educational Programming Needs

We’re working to build more adaptable, safe, and welcoming schools that:

– Facilitate more engaging curriculum.

– Accommodate student agency of space to better support  learning and work cycles.

School has changed, and our facilities need to reflect evolving teaching and learning needs. 

These needs start with students and recognizing the varied pathways our students will take when they leave Batavia Public Schools. Whichever path our students choose, we need to: 

  • Increase student agency and ownership in the learning process, and
  • Build-in project work cycles where students learn, create, iterate to solve problems for a variety of audiences. 

Our facilities can facilitate these current and future teaching and learning needs by changing to be more:

  • Safe & welcoming
  • Adaptable for hands-on learning
  • Encouraging collaboration
  • Sustainable and connected to the outside world
  • Engaging
  • Technology-enabled
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Inspiring
  • And, promoting health and wellness

Learn more about educational facilities that match future educational programming >>
Learn more about educational programming needs and vision >>

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Enrollment Trends

Enrollment has declined by 15% over the last decade.

Lower birth rates in Kane County have led to declining student enrollment: from an all-time high of 6,337 in 2008 current enrollment is down to 5,338 today.  

  • Enrollment is projected to decline by approximately 2% annually until 2026 or later when birth rates stabilize.
  • Generally, more students move into the District each year than move out, but not enough to offset birth rate declines.

Review the District’s enrollment projections >>

Solutions and Options

We need your help building our future — together.

After reviewing enrollment projections, facility conditions, replacement costs, and current and future educational needs, the Core Team has developed two potential options for consideration.

Before the Core Team finalizes their recommendations, they need your input. All plans include renovations at Batavia High School, Rotolo Middle School, Grace McWayne School, and Hoover-Wood School. Options include recommendations for replacement, rather than renovation, at the remaining schools.

In developing options, the Core Team considered the pros and cons of various scenarios that included boundary changes, renovation, replacement, additions, and closure of facilities.

Option 1

Option 2

The key difference between the two options is the number of elementary schools that will be utilized. One option recommends that the district operate six elementary schools, and the other option would result in a reduced number of elementary schools.

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