Superintendent of Schools
Secretary: Mrs. Laurie Coccionitti
December 12, 2018 edition of the Amherst Bee
On Thursday, December 13, our community will have the opportunity to vote on a capital project that would expand and improve the district’s music space at the high and middle school levels, greatly benefiting Williamsville students for generations to come. School taxes will not increase because of this project. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Williamsville North High School Gym, 1595 Hopkins Rd.
Student enrollment in the district’s acclaimed music program has increased dramatically since our three high schools were built. The high school orchestra program, for example, has grown from a single districtwide orchestra back in 1972, to two orchestras at each high school. Williamsville East, which opened in 1975, is the youngest of the district’s three high schools. Williamsville North opened in 1968 and is marking its 50th anniversary this year, while Williamsville South is approaching 70 years on Main Street, opening in 1949. The space allocated for music programming at each high school remains the same today as when the schools first opened.
The proposed project would more than double the music space at each Williamsville high school with new music additions as well as major renovations to existing music classrooms and auditoriums. At the middle schools, existing music space and school auditoriums 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.
How can we accomplish a $36.6 million capital improvement project with no additional tax impact? The answer is by applying $12.7 million from voter-approved capital reserve funds, maximizing state building aid, and using the district’s long-standing debt service plan, which allows the district to fund future projects when old debt is paid-off. The district has maintained and utilized its level debt service budget since 1996 to help fund capital project work. State building aid is expected to cover up to 60 percent of the total project cost, bringing state tax dollars into our community to improve the educational setting for our children.
Williamsville has a strong track record of fiscal responsibility. The 2018 Music Space Capital Project represents another example of how the district is able to bring forward capital improvement projects that greatly benefit our students and our community without raising taxes. Visit the district website at www.williamsvillek12.org/musicproject to learn more about the project and make sure to vote on December 13!
Enjoy time with your family and friends during this joyful Holiday Season, and best wishes for health and happiness in the New Year!
Bio-Brief: Dr. Scott G. Martzloff began his tenure as Superintendent of Schools for the Williamsville Central School District on August 1, 2011. Prior to his appointment in Williamsville, the Rochester (NY) native was the superintendent of the Byron-Bergen Central School District, a rural district in Genesee County, for two years. Dr. Martzloff also worked eight years for the Rochester City School District, a large urban district with over 32,000 students, where he was an administrator for operations and served as a high school assistant principal. He began his career as a special education teacher in the Rush-Henrietta CSD located in suburban Rochester where he also served as an assistant principal.
Dr. Martzloff received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of The Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and earned his master’s degree in educational administration from the State University of New York at Brockport. He received a doctorate in education from the University of Rochester and holds permanent certification as a school district administrator in New York State.