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A new $1.5 million boiler system at Niagara Falls High School tops an 18-item, $5.7 million list of capital improvement needed over the next five years, consultant Mogens Hertz told the School Board Thursday.

Roy W. Rogers, the district's school business services administrator, said the school also needs $650,000 in roof repairs to correct leaking.

Rogers said the new boiler and five other projects, totaling $2 million, are likely to be tackled next year. The others are:

LaSalle Senior High School -- $10,000 for removing the lights at J.K. Rowe Stadium and $170,000 for removing asbestos from the second floor.

24th Street School -- $225,000 for reconstruction work.

Niagara Street School -- $30,000 to eliminate a moisture problem at the swimming pool, possibly by adding a dehumidifier.

Gaskill Middle School -- $50,000 to replace old, unsafe doors.

Rogers said the district would probably rely on a $2 million bond issue to fund the projects.

Other major projects included in the five-year plan are $500,000 to replace a flat roof at Harry F. Abate School and $600,000 for roof repairs and window replacement at the Maple Avenue School.

Asbestos removal at the Community Education Center would cost $750,000.

Hertz said there is a risk that asbestos might be circulated through the education center's ventilation system if fans are accidentally turned on in certain parts of the building.

The most controversial item is removing the Rowe Stadium lights.

Edward Connolly of the LaSalle Football Boosters Thursday attempted to get more information from the board on when six deteriorating light poles might be removed and when new ones would be erected. The board customarily does not publicly respond to residents during meetings and did not Thursday.

Officials have said it does not have funds earmarked for new lights, but has given estimates of up to $140,000 for the project. Sdao said he would like to see the poles taken down by Christmas.

In other action, the board:

Granted School Superintendent William L. Sdao a 7.5 percent salary increase, retroactive to July 1, boosting his salary to $80,420 from $74,809.

Terminated a contract with Catherine Mitchell of Niagara Falls and returned a $3,210 deposit that she made in July for a $32,101 house built by students. Officials said Ms. Mitchell encountered unanticipated problems with getting a mortgage.

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