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East Aurora reviews projects for capital improvement vote

Although the East Aurora School District is in the midst of its current capital improvement project, the district is already looking at its next renovations, with the goal of putting a referendum before voters as early as this fall.

“We’re going to look at the needs for the middle school,” Superintendent Brian D. Russ said during Tuesday’s board meeting. While work is being looked at for the high school and Parkdale Elementary, Russ said the goal of the next round would be to upgrade the middle school, as the high school and Parkdale have seen major renovations during its most recent projects.

Russ told the board “addressing the safety and security of our students” is a major goal as the planning process has started. “The middle school by far is the biggest piece,” Russ said.

The superintendent outlined some ideas that have been discussed.

Work being discussed on the first level includes finishing, flooring, painting, new doors, casework, replacing demountable partitions, ceilings, lighting and power and heating and ventilation.

On the second floor, along with the same type of work discussed on the first floor, would be a reconfiguration of space.

Among the goals in the process, Russ said, is to devise a plan that would simplify the traffic – both vehicle and foot traffic. The superintendent said it is always a challenge with traffic both on Main and North Grove Streets.

“We (also) want to make (the entrance) more attractive,” Russ said, adding this includes improving the entrances in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Among the other ideas discussed during the presentation included a new entrance into the cafeteria that would be away from the entrance from the back of the building off North Grove and near the administrative offices.

On the second floor, much of the discussion revolved around the library, something which School Board Vice President Daniel Brunson said is important so it only functions as that purpose. Currently, there are offices in the library.

Russ said he hoped that the renovations would allow the architecture that was once there to return.

“There’s two skylights,” Russ said, but added he does not know what kind of shape the skylights are in because they were covered up several years ago.

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