Genesee Hill Elementary School: New campus to carry name of its predecessor

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(WSB photo, taken this afternoon, looking at northwest side of new school)

4:34 PM: Schmitz Park Elementary principal Gerrit Kischner will be principal of Genesee Hill Elementary as of this September. That’s the name chosen, Kischner announced this afternoon, for the new school that’s being built for his students and staff, on the site of a school that carried that same name, Genesee Hill Elementary. He says the ribboncutting is set for 1 pm September 6th. The Schmitz family name will stay with the current Schmitz Park building, he says; we’re checking with the district on the current plan for its future use (once described as potentially an early-learning center, but it’s been a while since we’ve heard that mentioned). Meantime, Kischner says students in the new building will have a special way to learn about their school’s history: “We are writing a historical plaque that will be in the new building tracing this joint history.” Funding for the new school is from the BEX IV levy.

6:08 PM: The principal’s announcement in this week’s school newsletter, sent out this afternoon, also notes that more than half the respondents in last year’s survey wanted this name. The mascot will remain the fox, however. The newsletter also notes that the new school currently is projected to open with about 663 students, 19 more than this year’s Schmitz Park enrollment; it’s being built to ~650 capacity. And one more note since our first report – SPS says the future use of the current Schmitz Park building has not yet been decided.

9 Replies to "Genesee Hill Elementary School: New campus to carry name of its predecessor"

  • JayDee March 10, 2016 (7:44 pm)

     I am glad they decided to stick to the obvious with the naming of the school.  I hope that Schmitz Park returns as a real elementary school as Genesee Hill will.  The Schmitz family deserves it. Not as a special purpose campus or hand me down stocked with trailers.

  • MSW March 10, 2016 (8:56 pm)

    With the current enrollment boom, the new school will be almost at capacity when it opens. They may need to use Schmitz Park school again, but maybe at it’s original capacity. 

    • mjc March 12, 2016 (9:28 pm)

      MSW, you may notice that projected enrollment will EXCEED the current capacity of the new school.  If projections are accurate, they’ll be above and beyond their maximum 650 students by 13 when they open the doors (according to the WSB numbers reported here) this coming fall.

      While we drive towards  urban density, I hope that our city begins to pick up the pace of creating infrastructure like more schools and better transportation.  To exceed a schools capacity in the first year is a pretty obvious measure of poor planning.

  • lisa March 11, 2016 (8:12 am)

    I love the name..because it’s the same! Sometimes leaving things the way they are is better than changing them. Genesee Hill…it sounds kinda cool…

  • JoeWS March 11, 2016 (11:46 am)

    No one seemed to miss Genesee Hill when it as Pathfinder.  Disappointed they couldn’t honor patriot instead of a chunk of land.

  • CJ March 11, 2016 (3:43 pm)

    Will there be a  community open house for the neighbor’s that live close to the school but don’t have kids attending.  Would be a nice community builder especially after having to deal with all the construction over the last year.

  • Les March 11, 2016 (5:12 pm)

    Can you imagine East bound drivers going 20 MPH after the  a school  zone photo cameras are installed ?  $$$$$$$$$

  • Nick March 11, 2016 (7:00 pm)

    Glad they chose the Genesee Hill name, makes no sense to call it Schmitz Park. Still not thrilled about them keeping the fox mascot though. I just think everything Schmitz Park-related should stay at Schmitz Park. And judging by the capacity and enrollment for this place they may need Schmitz back again in the near future.

  • Diane March 18, 2016 (9:14 am)

    I am so pleased that they are keeping the original name – Genesee Hill.   I have such fond memories of attending there back in the 60’s with my brothers.  Mr Lee was the principal, milk was 5 cents, and “surprise day” at lunch usually meant creamed turkey over mashed potatoes.  Ah, good times.  DH-alum

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