The Williamsville Board of Education is going ahead with the construction of its alternative high school after State Education Commissioner Thomas Sobol refused to stay the project.
Lucien C. Parlato, attorney for two members of the Williamsville Taxpayers Association, had asked for the stay, pending Sobol's ruling on his original appeal to invalidate the district's vote authorizing the $495,000 project.
A spokesman for Sobol informed Parlato that the commissioner refused to stay the procedure, but promised to rule on Parlato's original appeal as soon as possible.
Parlato said that the Taxpayers Association has "one strike against us," but is still trying to recover $1,202.46 postal charges and other costs funds spend on a district newsletter before the vote. The association argues that the newsletter "unduly and improperly" influenced voters to approve the measure.
The proposition was approved May 17 by a 1,943-to-1,798 vote.
The alternative high school would serve 40 to 60 students a year who do not function well in regular classrooms.
Thomas Kowal, an aide to School Superintendent Howard E. Welker, said the building, planned for a site behind Williamsville North High School, is likely to be completed before November.
These contracts have been awarded:
General construction, Wilsandra Construction Co., $250,418; plumbing, George H. Sander Inc., $44,585; electric, Frey Electric Construction Co., $38,829, and heating and ventilating, Joseph Higgins Co., $69,283.