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RENEWED SPACE CRUNCH SEEN IN '91-92

Although Williamsville School District voters in May approved a package to add six classrooms at each elementary school, space will be at a premium at three schools during the 1991-92 school year, the School Board was told this week.

That fall, while new classrooms are built to replace the portable classrooms at Heim, Dodge and Maple West, pupils will be temporarily relocated to other areas within their school.

The permanent classrooms will be built where the portables currently are located. No major problems are anticipated at the Maple East, Country Parkway and Forest elementary schools.

The 1991-92 space crunch will come when elementary enrollment is expected to be higher than current figures, school officials said.

The additions should be complete by the fall of 1992. The district architect has been working with administration to complete site drawings to submit to the state Education Department.

School officials expect contracts to be awarded next spring with construction to start next June.

Renovation work at Williamsville South High School, also approved during the May vote, will follow the same timetable as the elementary work.

The board agreed to hold a referendum in late November on constructing a new middle school on district-owned land off Transit Road near Williamsville East High School. Plans are still being worked on, and no cost estimates are available yet.

The board still has to decide if the middle school will be put on the referendum as a single proposition or if the ballot will include other propositions, such as land acquisition, renovation work at certain schools and construction of a district office.

In 1991 the three-year lease on district offices in the Wehrle Industrial Park expires. The district currently pays $300,000 a year in rent.

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