Ranzenhofer secures $290,000 for Space Lab Planetarium


Ensures state-of-the-art facility continues to be a regional asset for students all across Western New York


Williamsville, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has secured a $290,000 grant for the Williamsville Education Foundation to upgrade and replace outdated equipment for the Space Lab Planetarium at Williamsville North High School.


“The Space Lab Planetarium is such an important tool for our teachers because it sparks imaginations and illustrates concepts in ways that are not possible in the classroom,” said Ranzenhofer. “These much-needed improvements will greatly enhance education in mathematics and the sciences, ensuring thousands of students all across Western New York will be able to experience a state-of-the-art planetarium for many years to come.”


“Thousands of WNY students will benefit from the Senator’s determination to develop our planetarium into a unique teaching experience. Our Foundation is excited to have helped with this educational tool for our students and community. Sometimes when you shoot for the stars you get one,” said Williamsville Education Foundation President Trey Measer.


“This is an amazing example of school-community collaboration,” said Williamsville School District Superintendent Dr. Scott Martzloff. “The Foundation Board, headed by Mr. Trey Measer, relentlessly pursued this grant on the district’s behalf and we are very thankful for their efforts. With the assistance and leadership of Senator Ranzenhofer, this money will be used to upgrade the planetarium, preserving one of Western New York’s most unique learning resources which provides students and the public with opportunities to experience science in an exciting and awe-inspiring setting.”


The Williamsville Education Foundation requested the funding in April of 2012. Resolution No. 5594, adopted on June 21, 2012, authorized the grant within the State Education Department Aid. The project will include replacing the hemispheric dome, installing a new computer control system for the star projector, and repairing the structure’s roof.


The Space Lab Planetarium at Williamsville North High School hosts over 20,000 students annually from many public and private school districts, as well as community groups, presenting cutting-edge programming and astronomical simulations.


About the Space Lab Planetarium at Williamsville North High School

The Williamsville Space Lab Planetarium was constructed in 1969. Since then, it has grown into a high-tech multimedia learning resource for students of all ages. It is operated and maintained by the Williamsville Central School District. More information about the planetarium is available at www.williamsvillek12.org.


About the Williamsville Education Foundation

The Williamsville Education Foundation, Inc. is an independent, volunteer led, 501c3 non-profit organization that serves the students of Williamsville Central School District. The mission of the Foundation is to gather and administer private resources to enhance the educational activities of the Williamsville Central School District and help ensure that its students receive the highest quality education. The Foundation funds worthwhile programs which may not be implemented due to budgetary constraints, inspiring the youth of today and tomorrow to achieve educational excellence. More information about the Williamsville Education Foundation is available at www.wedf.org.


About the 61st Senate District

The 61st Senate District encompasses: the Towns of Amherst, Clarence, and Newstead and the Villages of Akron and Williamsville in Erie County; all of Genesee County; and the Towns of Chili and Riga, the Village of Churchville and part of the City of Rochester in Monroe County.