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SCHOOL BOARD WEIGHS MOVE FOR OFFICES RELOCATION WOULD EASE SPACE CRUNCH IN DEPEW

The Depew School Board may alleviate a space crunch at its elementary and middle schools by relocating the district administrative offices from Cayuga Heights School on Como Park Boulevard to the old Terrace Boulevard School.

School Superintendent Peter M. Brenner Sr. said at Thursday's board meeting that the proposed move would allow the district to add four classrooms at Cayuga Heights which would meet enrollment projections at the elementary school for the next four years.

The new plan would eliminate the need to move any elementary grades to the middle school or middle school grades to the high school, he said.

Brenner said the Terrace building, which was closed because of declining enrollment in 1986, was in "very good shape" and most of it could be "easily renovated." Costs for the proposed project were not available, he said.

Sections of the old Terrace Boulevard School are currently leased by the Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services and a day-care center. The two groups would not be displaced from the Terrace building, according to the plan.

The board is also studying the possibility of moving its pre-kindergarten classes and teachers shared resource center from Lancaster's Central Avenue Elementary School to the Terrace site. The Lancaster School District is looking at reopening the Center Avenue school to ease its own overcrowding.

"The future of Terrace will be busy to say the least," Brenner said.

Trustee Kenneth A. Swain Jr. termed the plan "the most feasible" and "least disruptive to the students."

The board took no action on the proposal which is scheduled for the 1991-92 school year. Depew, like many other school districts, is experiencing enrollment increases from kindergarten through the eighth grades and a decline in grades 9-12. The elementary and middle schools have a combined enrollment of 1,931.

In other business, the board agreed to the following tuition rates for non-district residents: $2,501, elementary; $2,434, high school, and $2,491, handicapped. The rates are based on a state recommended formula.

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