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TWO SCHOOLS CAN EXPAND, BOARD IS TOLD, ARCHITECT REPORTS TO AMHERST CENTRAL

There's room for growth at both elementary schools in Amherst, according to a report presented Tuesday to the Amherst Central School Board.

Windermere Boulevard Elementary has the capacity for 15 more classrooms and an enlarged cafeteria, said district architect David Duchscherer, president of Duchscherer Oberst Design.

Smallwood Elementary could be expanded by three classrooms, which would require a 42-by-38-foot addition to the gymnasium and a 780-square-foot addition to the cafeteria, Duchscherer said.

The architect's study was to determine the maximum number of classrooms and support space that could be added at each school. The plans, which are based on 27 pupils per classroom, will be used by the School Board as it discusses program and facility needs.

The 15 classrooms at Windermere could be built as a two-story addition on the back of the school or off the north wing, said Duchscherer. In each instance, a library/media center could be located on the second floor and the two rooms used for the existing media center converted to classrooms. A 1,350-square-foot cafeteria could be built and the existing cafeteria used as a serving area.

The only mechanical upgrade needed at Windermere is a new transformer to supply electricity, said Robert Klein, president of Babinsky Klein Engineering, who was hired as a consultant on the project.

If the plans were put into place, Windermere would have the capacity to handle 1,100 pupils. As of last fall, it had 598 pupils.

At Smallwood, three classrooms could be added at the northwest corner near the parking lot or added to the kindergarten wing on the south side. With either option, a new media center/library, twice as large as the existing library, would be built.

Smallwood's pupil capacity would increase to 900 if the additions were built. Smallwood has 650 pupils.

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