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Niagara-Wheatfield residents to vote on $18M capital project

SANBORN – Voters will decide Nov. 15 whether the Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District should spend up to $18 million to complete a host of improvements and renovations to nearly all its buildings.

Voting will be at the Senior High School, 2292 Saunders Settlement Road, from noon to 8 p.m.

Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich told the School Board that he expected the expenditure to be sufficient to finish the entire list of items in the capital project. The board voted unanimously Sept. 21 to put the referendum to voters.

The project is focused on repair and renovation of parking lots, roofs, wall repairs, science labs, heating and ventilation, Errick Road Elementary School, and technology and security.

Ljiljanich said the project would create no new taxes for district property owners. Eleven million dollars would be bonded, $5 million would be drawn from the capital reserve fund, and the remaining $2 million would come from the funding Niagara-Wheatfield receives as the host community for the State Power Authority Project.

If approved by voters, the first phase of the project will be ready to be bid out in January or February. The $4 million first phase would cover the parking lots and roof replacements at the senior high and Edward Town middle schools.

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