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Possible addition on John Kennedy Elementary School

The light blue sections on the image above represent a possible addition to John Kennedy Elementary School – yet another way Batavia City Schools may attempt to consolidate the district.

The option above was first announced Wednesday night. If the addition were built, John Kennedy would become the only elementary school in the district. District Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Jim Jacobs tells WBTA News today that the addition proposal is in the very early stages, and there are no specific numbers on square footage or cost. But he did say that the project would need to add up to 30 classrooms, as well as expand John Kennedy's cafeteria and gymnasium.

"If it was a K-4 school, we'd have to add 20 classrooms; if it was K-5 we'd need to add something like 30 classrooms," Jacobs said. "The addition would...be attached to the latest addition that we just put on."

It's currently only labeled "a future option," but the rendering joins 8 other consolidation proposals that have been floated. One of those ideas (Option 3) has been eliminated and another 2 were added on Wednesday as a result of parent comment at prior meetings.

Unlike the others, this proposal would fall under the category of a capital project and would have to be voted upon by taxpayers.

While Jacobs believes it's a viable option, he can't yet say if he personally supports it.

"We would have to sit down with the architect and go through programs, space needs, administrative needs," he says. "This option takes us away from our neighborhood concept and puts us in just one location."

Parents have one more meeting to attend and review the proposed building consolidation. It will be held this Tuesday night, 6:00pm at Jackson Elementary School.

Images courtesy Margaret Puzio, Batavia City Schools Superintendent

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