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District 101 eyes improvements at schools

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

BATAVIA – The Batavia School Board is looking at the needs of the district’s facilities for the next four years.

School board members Tuesday reviewed the district’s comprehensive capital improvement plan, which details facility needs from 2014 through 2018. In February, staff will recommend to the board on what projects should take priority for the 2014-15 school year as part of the capital and staffing plan.

The major update to this year’s plan is the incorporation of the athletic field improvements at Batavia High School.

However, only the components of that plan that were deemed a safety concern received any type of early priority, said Pat Browne, the district’s director of buildings and grounds.

Improvements to the varsity baseball field at Batavia High School are underway after several groups have committed funds to the $190,000 project.

In October, Batavia School District 101 Board members approved agreements with Batavia Youth Baseball, the Batavia Bulldog Boosters, Batavia-based Eagle Concrete and the Batavia High School baseball team, which are committing funds to the renovation of the field’s backdrops and dugouts, estimated to cost $190,000.

The improvements got underway in November. All the work is expected to be completed by late March or early April, which is when the varsity baseball team’s season begins, Batavia High School Athletic Director Dave Andrews has said.

Andrews said it was a priority to do the baseball field improvements first because of safety concerns over fencing around the field, which are going to be addressed.

The district improvement plan also details the work that needs to be done at the different schools in the district, including at Rotolo Middle School, where the rear parking lot is deteriorating quickly, according to the report.

Work also is needed at other schools such as J.B. Nelson Elementary School, where the plumbing system needs to be improved to prevent building leaks.

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Want to know more about Batavia School District 101's capital improvement plan? A full copy of the report can be found at www.bps101.net/buildings-and-grounds.

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