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AKRON VOTERS OK PURCHASE OF BUSES, VANS; SCHOOL DISTRICT FLEET TO GET 4 REPLACEMENTS

Akron Central School District residents at a special meeting Wednesday approved, by a vote of 27-10, the purchase of four replacement vehicles for the district's fleet at a maximum cost of $160,000.

The new vehicles -- two flat-face buses with seating for 66 passengers and two 16-passenger vans -- are expected to be delivered during the 1991-92 school year.

The district currently has 41 buses in service.

In another matter, School Superintendent David W. Fish told the board the district could lose $70,000 in state aid under Gov. Cuomo's plan to bridge the state's deficit.

"It's a very serious situation," Fish said. "We will have to consider cuts when we get the final amount."

Fish said he will request a special board meeting once the State Legislature takes final action.

In other business, High School Principal Ronald Black said students are expressing an interest in recycling.

Trustee E. Peter Forrestel suggested the board look into paper recycling.

"Photocopy and computer paper can be recycled at $120 per ton," he said, adding that Domtar Fiber Products Inc. on Walden Avenue in Depew can provide further information.

The board also:

Discussed starting an environmental course in the science department to help students gain an understanding of environmental concerns.

Received a copy of Newstead's proposed master plan.

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