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At their respective meetings, Batavia City Council and the City School Board heard similar messages last night: there's apprehension over the proposed City School building consolidation.
The five plans before the School Board would each eliminate the Washington Avenue administration building, and the current neighborhood elementary schools format would end. Instead, all students would move through the elementary system together, by grade.
Superintendent Margaret Puzio said last night that it's likely the School Board will adopt a plan this year.
One local parent, Jennifer Burke, cited her own research as cause for concern. She says her children will suffer if they have to change schools so many times.
"Studies show that for the first six months children move (schools), they lose that time academically," she said. "And in one of the options, my child would move three times before 6th grade, which is a lot."
There are a number of public forums remaining for parents and community members to learn more about the proposed consolidation – including one tonight, at Robert Morris Elementary, 7:00pm. See the complete list of remaining public forums here.

It is Primary Day in New York State.
Just one race is on the ballot in the City of Batavia, as Democrats Katie Balbick-Bellamy and Daniel Jones are competing for the Democratic line for the City Council seat in Ward 3. Balbick-Bellamy is the Democratic-endorsed candidate, while Jones is endorsed by the Conservative Party.
Polls are open from 9:00am til 9:00pm in the Batavia City Centre.
Elsewhere, Republic primaries are being held for Town Board seats in Alexander and Darien, and for the Highway Superintendent position in Bergen.
All primary results will be posted HERE as the votes are tallied tonight.

In New York City, voters in the 9th Congressional District could make history today. They'll decide who will fill former congressman Anthony Weiner's vacant seat. The district covering parts of Queens and Brooklyn has always elected a Democrat. But recent polls give the edge to Republican Bob Turner, who's been endorsed by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Democratic opponent David Weprin also has a big gun: an endorsement from former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
A Siena poll released last Friday showed Turner leading by six points.

Area residents beware: a telephone lottery fraud scheme is aiming to take your money. Batavia Police report a Tracy Avenue resident received a phone call from a person claiming to be a lottery official. The resident was instructed to send in money, in order to collect his winnings. The male caller provided some legitimate lottery information, but then indentified himself by different names during separate conversations.
No money was sent. Police say residents need to be on guard for similar calls.

The theft of a child-sized dirt bike from a barn on Judge Road in Alabama has landed a Basom man in jail. 22-year-old Benjamin Muntz of Knowlesville Road has been charged with Burglary. He's jailed with no bail set.

A stop by State Police on Route 60 in the Chautauqua County Town of Charlotte led to the arrest of a Batavia man. 45-year-old Jeffrey Cole has been charged with DWI and Possession of Marijuana. During a search, State Police allegedly found three ounces of pot in Cole's truck. He's due in court later this month.


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