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LOCKPORT – When the Lockport City School District holds its second referendum on the sale of Washington Hunt Elementary School July 29, it will use the old-style lever voting machines instead of Niagara County’s new electronic ballot scanners, Assistant Superintendent Deborah A. Coder said Thursday.

The scanners need an air-conditioned environment to work properly, and most of the school district’s buildings are not air-conditioned, Coder said. The older machines will mean that the referendum will cost about $1,800 less than it otherwise would have, because the district won’t have to pay computer programming costs, nor will it have to print paper ballots at 57 cents each, Coder said.

The district will spend about $11,000 to hold a revote on the $65,000 sale of the closed school to Ultimate Physique, a Lockport health club, which was narrowly defeated May 20. Trustee R. Joseph O’Shaughnessy cast the only vote against the do-over at Wednesday’s School Board meeting, objecting to Ultimate Physique’s refusal to reimburse the district for the $2,300 cost of a second appraisal of the property.

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