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REVOTE URGED ON CLARENCE BOND; SCHOOL BOARD POSTPONES DECISION UNTIL JAN. 14

Four residents urged the Clarence School Board Monday to hold another vote on a bond issue to build a new elementary school, but the board postponed a decision until its Jan. 14 meeting.

Superintendent Richard W. Moomaw said it could take up to a year to put together another proposal because the board might have to look for a new site for the school and seek state approval.

Moomaw told the board that if it resubmitted the defeated proposal, the purchase option on a 46-acre site at Salt and Greiner roads would have to be extended because it expires Feb. 1. If the option could not be renewed, the board would be forced to look for another site.

The board also could seek alternatives, including increasing class sizes, using portable classrooms, busing special-education students out of the district and reducing or eliminating music, art and computer programs.

Under state regulations, the board could not hold a new bond vote until Feb. 27.

Residents on Nov. 28, in a 1,473 to 1,366 vote, defeated a proposal to build a $9.75 million elementary school. The new school would have drawn pupils from Clarence Center and the eastern portion of the district, which currently is served by Ledgeview and Clarence Center elementary schools.

Judy Nickerson, president of Ledgeview's Parent-Teacher Organization, said some parents at Sheridan Hill and Harris Hill elementary schools were not as informed as Ledgeview parents and didn't realize that a defeat also would affect pupils at those schools.

"If we don't have a school in the process, what are we looking at next -- portable classrooms?" she asked.

David R. Byers, a parent of three elementary-school children, said some residents of the district believed only the Ledgeview area would benefit from the new school.

The Ledgeview parents were most vocal about the defeat because their children are in an overcrowded facility.

This year, four sixth-grade classes were moved from Ledgeview into the junior high school because Ledgeview does not have enough space. Moomaw said Ledgeview is overcrowded now. Sheridan Hill and Harris Hill will run out of space by 1992 and may have to resort to double sessions or other alternatives if a new school is not built, he added.

If the school had been approved, it would have been completed by September 1992.

Bonnie Kowalski, a parent, asked the board to put together costs of new construction and weigh them against the costs of leasing portable classrooms.

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