On December 13, 2018, community members voted on and approved a capital improvement project that would renovate and expand music education facilities at the district’s high and middle schools. The project is currently underway and is scheduled to be completed in December 2021.
Student enrollment in Williamsville’s acclaimed music program has increased dramatically since the three high schools were built. After a year-long process involving music teachers, school administrators, community members and industry experts, the district has structured a tax-neutral capital project aimed at improving the music space for students.
“We continually evaluate district facilities and plan improvements not only to insure the best possible educational environment for students and staff but also to protect the community’s investment in our schools.”
The proposed project addresses specific facility needs and creates exciting new educational spaces. Construction at each high school would expand the music area to accommodate the growing instructional and storage needs for band, choral, and orchestra. School auditoriums would be updated and the music space at each middle school would be renovated. The project also includes several major infrastructure improvements including roof replacements at Transit Middle and Maple West Elementary schools, a new emergency generator at Williamsville South, and a new pool dehumidification unit at Williamsville East.
The financial plan for the proposed $36.6 million music project combines state building aid, voter-approved capital reserve funds, and the district’s long-standing debt service plan, which replaces retiring debt with the same amount of new debt. If approved by voters, this capital project would not increase the local tax levy.
Click on the image below to learn more about the 2018 Music Space Capital Project. To learn more about the work proposed at individual schools, click on the left navigation menu or watch the video below.