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Batavia School Board continues to refine list of referendum projects

Residents will vote on Nov. 4 on $15 million bond question

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 10:51 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 8:20 a.m. CST

BATAVIA – Batavia School Board members continue to hash out what specific projects would be funded if voters in November approve the district’s plan to issue up to $15 million in alternate revenue bonds to fund capital improvements throughout the district.

The Batavia School Board recently voted to place the question on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. Voting “no” were board members Jon Gaspar and Jason Stoops.

If approved, the district would issue up to $15 million in alternate revenue bonds to fund the projects. Assistant Superintendent for Finance Kris Monn has said the proposal would not result in a tax increase because the district would pledge existing revenues against the bonds.

A list of proposed projects is being refined. High priority projects include an estimated $1.2 million in upgraded lighting systems at Rotolo Middle School, $550,000 in updated lighting systems at Batavia High School and $250,000 in masonry tuck pointing at H.C. Storm Elementary School.

Those projects with a “medium” priority include locker renovations at Rotolo Middle School and making window repairs at J.B. Nelson Elementary School.

District staff also had suggested a portion of the bonds could be used for improvements to the athletic facilities at Batavia High School, including $4.5 million for the football stadium, $408,000 for tennis court lighting, $616,000 for the junior varsity baseball field, $535,000 for the varsity baseball field and $590,000 for the varsity softball field.

Board member Tina Bleakley said she wants to hear from the community on whether these improvements should move forward.

“It was only our choice to put it on the ballot,” she said. “Now, it is the community’s choice.” 

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