Batavia School District 101 proposes $1.5 million in capital improvements

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 11:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 2:44 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia School District 101 is looking at $1.5 million worth of capital projects in the 2014-15 school year.

High priority projects include rebuilding the seven-lane track at Batavia High School, painting the masonry walls at Alice Gustafson Elementary School and parking lot work at several schools, including Grace McWayne Elementary School, J.B. Nelson Elementary School and Rotolo Middle School.

“These all involve some type of safety concern,” Assistant Superintendent Kris Monn told school board members Tuesday.

He noted the rebuilding of the track would not involve its expansion, which is part of the master plan for the athletic fields.

The proposed capital and staffing plan also calls for hiring three more teachers to reduce class sizes in seventh grade and in exploratories along with supporting an increase in students at Batavia High School, as well as hiring three instructional coaches for teacher professional development and implementation of technology, one additional elementary assistant principal and four additional employees in program support.

“The capital and staffing plan as presented will allow us to improve our facilities and the quality of education we provide our community, while still maintaining our financial health by achieving a balanced budget and lessening the chance for short-term borrowing in 2015,” school district staff said in a memo to Batavia School Superintendent Lisa Hichens.

Staff members plan to present a final capital and staffing plan in March for the board’s approval.

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