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RESIDENTS APPROVE $14.5 MILLION FOR CAPITAL RENOVATIONS

Voters in the East Aurora School District overwhelmingly approved a capital renovation project of the district's three buildings Tuesday night, 1,162-474.

District officials now have the green light to proceed with plans that call for a maximum of $14.5 million to be spent on upgrading the district's buildings as well as improving its computer-technology program.

The project calls for $10.1 million to be spent on renovating the high school, $1.7 million for Parkdale Elementary and $2.6 million to be spent on the Main Street School.

District officials estimate that the project is more than 66 percent state aidable.

In a related move, Superintendent Robert Fort unveiled his 1996-97 budget blueprint in which he announced that voters will be asked to approve a 2.97 percent increase in next year's operating budget. Fort said that figure represents a $472,406 increase in spending. Without an increase in state aid, Fort said the tax levy would rise 4.69 percent.

Business Administrator Stephen Perry said state equalization rates will not be available until July or August.

A proposition on Tuesday's ballot asking voter approval on increasing the capital reserve fund limit to $700,000 also passed, 1,092-525.

Fort also announced that residents Paul Pielich, Thomas McMahon, Judith Coder, Barbara Thompson and incumbent Jeffrey Markello have filed petitions to run for board positions in the May 21 election.

Incumbents Gregory Szematowicz, Margaret Fletcher and President Donald Barr have chosen not to seek re-election.

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