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VOTE ON RENOVATIONS, NEW BUSES SCHEDULED

In three separate propositions, Orchard Park residents will decide Tuesday whether to support a two-tier building renovation plan and a proposal to buy seven new buses.

The first proposition would cover $11.4 million for work at the high school and middle schools and South Davis Elementary. The state will reimburse 70 percent of the cost. The project would increase taxes by 19 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for the next 15 years.

The project includes replacing the roof and renovating the kitchens at the middle and high schools. Parking would also be improved.

Drainage problems at South Davis would be addressed.

The fire alarm systems at all three schools would be upgraded or replaced, and air quality would improve with upgrades in the ventilation systems. The schools would also be brought into compliance with handicap accessibility laws.

Other projects, such as upgrades to athletic facilities, also are included.

The second proposition, a $5.25 million renovation project, is contingent upon the first one passing. It would also receive 70 percent state aid.

It includes only the health and safety work that's required to bring the three other elementary schools, as well as the bus garage and the administration building, up to state codes. Voters would pay 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed value if it passes.

The project includes a new 20-car parking lot at Eggert Elementary, as well as new ceilings and lighting in the kitchen and cafeteria.

The sidewalks between B and C wings at Ellicott Elementary would be replaced. A new sidewalk would be installed on the east side of Windom Elementary. Classroom lights in both schools would be replaced.

The project also includes improvements to the schools' fire alarm systems. The project would improve ventilation and handicap access to some of the bathrooms.

The Baker Road building would get a new fire alarm system, and the pavement would be replaced. Handicap accessible bathrooms would go into the bus garage.

Residents on Tuesday also will decide whether the district should buy six new full-size buses and one smaller bus.

Proposition Three would use $476,000 from reserve funds to pay for the buses. The state will reimburse about 60 percent of the cost. The buses would not affect the tax rate, according to district officials.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the gym of Orchard Park Middle School, 60 S. Lincoln Ave.

e-mail: mpasciak@buffnews.com

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