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HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATIONS PASS THE MIDPOINT

Clarence Central High School has passed the midpoint of a $22.9 million construction and renovation project, Superintendent Thomas G. Coseo said Monday during a tour of the building by members of the School Board and a citizens committee that recommended the improvements.

The entire project, which is set for completion in next fall, includes a new library-media center, gymnasium and pool, additional corridors and classrooms, an enlarged cafeteria, enclosure of the front entrance and upgrading of the electrical, heating and sanitary systems.

Other work involves a revamped color scheme, already in evidence in portions of the school. Workers have added cream and red tile accents in the hallways, as well as a coat of red paint on existing lockers.

More than 30 persons toured the completed science classrooms and cafeteria, viewed the arts and humanities rooms, which will be completed around Thanksgiving, and got a look at several other works in progress.

Coseo said the new administrative offices, lecture hall, gymnasium and music rooms are scheduled for completion around the first of the year, while the swimming pool, front enclosure and library-media center will not be finished until next summer.

Officials said the new construction will increase the size of the school by almost 50 percent to about 300,000 square feet.

The project was undertaken last year after a 10-month study showed a need for major renovations to the almost 50-year-old school.

The building tour preceded a School Board meeting in which Business Manager Richard J. Mancuso told trustees he plans to contract with a Fairport firm for a study of the district's transportation system.

He said Clarence is in the first year of a five-year lease on a County Road building that houses the district's school bus garage, and administrators want to learn the advantages and disadvantages of continuing to lease the facility at a cost of $7,500 a month.

Mancuso said the district has other options, including purchasing the property now being leased or another property. Clarence also could contract with a bus service for the district's transportation needs, although Mancuso considers that unlikely.

He said the district will pay Transportation Advisory Services at least $3,000 for the study, which will likely be completed next summer.

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