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>Pioneer voters approve upgrades for schools

YORKSHIRE -- Voters in the Pioneer School District on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $32.57 million plan to upgrade the district's four buildings.

The referendum was passed by a vote of 298-54. The project also includes sewer-system repairs, which were deemed most critical by school officials. The work could start this summer if approved by the state Education Department.

The capital project will not raise local property taxes. The state reimburses the district for 98 percent of its capital project costs, and the remainder will be funded by other state aid.

In addition to repairs to the district's infrastructure, the project calls for a new barn/classroom for the agriculture department, a multimedia classroom converted from existing space at Pioneer Middle School, and the district's first artificial-turf field at the football stadium.

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>City Fire Department to get $19,800 grant

JAMESTOWN -- The City of Jamestown Fire Department will receive $19,800 in federal homeland security grants through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program.

Jamestown's professional firefighters operate out of four locations, including Ladder 1 at City Hall and stations on Newland Avenue, Allen Street and Fairmount Avenue.

The program funds training, equipment, wellness and fitness and modifications to fire stations and facilities.

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, announced the award.

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