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The Batavia City School Board now has six months to decide on a plan to consolidate city school buildings.

Public meetings on consolidation wrapped up last night with a session at Jackson Elementary. And while there will be no more forum-based input, board member Wally Guenther says the board is far from finished listening to ideas.

"I hope that we get some good candidates to be on the budget ambassadors committee," Guenther said, "those that have good ideas and can help us meet our challenge for the budget next year."

But while the Batavia City School District stands to lose just one old building through consolidation this year – board member Pat Burk offered a parting warning:

"We're looking at other small districts and city school districts, like ours: they're not only closing buildings," Burk said. "There are schools that are dropping kindergarten. There are schools that are eliminating all Advanced Placement courses. There are schools that are eliminating all transportion...eliminating specific sports, or all sports."

Burk says if the tax cap and state mandates continue, those types of cuts could be reality in Batavia by next year.

Batavia City Schools' administrators are now looking for a replacement to fill Andy Pedro’s seat on the school board.

Pedro submitted his resignation Monday night, saying his day job is preventing him from completing his elected duties.

The school district is accepting all applicants for the job. The term runs through next June.

Interested residents may apply by sending a letter of interest to:

Scott Rozanski,BCSD Board Clerk
39 Washington Avenue
Batavia, NY  14020


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