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BOARD REJECTS PROPERTY OFFER

The Chautauqua Lake Central School Board Wednesday night said thanks, but no thanks, to another property offer for a single building campus.

After the board chose a 108-acre site in Mayville earlier, David Scott offered his 160 acres on Potter Road in the Town of Chautauqua. School Board President Jay Baker said discussion over the additional site proposal took about 1 1/2 hours, but the board decided it was not feasible to consider it now.

"If we reopen the site selection process at this point," Baker said, "we risk not being able to get our referendum in December. That could seriously jeopardize state funding for the new building."

Baker said state aid formulas for school building projects are being recalculated and funding could be cut to 35 percent, which would force the district to come up with more than $14 million for the project.

Scott made the offer after a number of Town of North Harmony residents complained about the long distance to the school, which would be located in Mayville.

Baker said the board also agreed to hire Transportation Advisory Service of Fairport at a cost of up to $9,500 as a transportation consultant. Some residents in the southern portion of the district are concerned about potential bus rides of up to two hours one way for their children.

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