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SWEET HOME TO VOTE ON SCHOOL BONDS $9.9 MILLION PACKAGE WOULD FUND 10 NEW CLASSROOMS, MAJOR REPAIRS

Residents of the Sweet Home Central School District will go to the polls Tuesday to vote on a $9.9 million school reconstruction bond package.

For the first time in several years, voters will have to show proof of residency at the polls.

The residency rule, approved by the Sweet Home School Board Oct. 25, requires residents of Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda to bring a voter registration card, driver's license, rental or lease receipt, lease, sheriff's ID card, utility bill or non-driver's ID card to the polls.

This election also marks the first time residents can use absentee ballots, which were approved by the board Sept. 27.

If approved, the bond package would fund the construction of 10 additional classrooms, six at Maplemere and two each at Glendale and Willow Ridge.

Although the district does not have a classroom shortage this year, elementary enrollment figures show a need for an additional eight classrooms by 1993-94.

The bond also includes major repairs, such as plumbing, roofing, electrical improvements and heating system improvements, at all buildings.

A new road to connect the north and south parking lots at the high school would be built. The Maplemere and Heritage Heights parking lots would be expanded and sidewalks repaved.

The bond would also include expansion of libraries at Maplemere, Willow Ridge and Glendale and new library materials, furniture and equipment for all schools. The original 1965 middle school roof will also be replaced.

The projects are expected to be completed by the time school opens next September.

The bond package would increase school taxes for Amherst residents by 12 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 1991-92, 22 cents in 1992-93 and 38 cents in 1993-94.

Town of Tonawanda residents would pay an additional 14 cents per $1,000 in 1991-92, 27 cents in 1992-93 and 46 cents in 1993-94.

Voting will be held from noon to 9 p.m. at Sweet Home Middle School, 4501 Maple Road.

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