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FIRM ASSURES BOARD MEMBERS SCHOOLS WILL OPEN ON TIME

Dunkirk School Board members were reassured that schools would be ready for the new school year.

The concerns were triggered by unanticipated delays in the renovation of School 3, along Route 60.

The project reportedly lagged four weeks because of an unexpected asbestos-abatement problem. But other adjustments were made to the schedule and the school will be ready for the students in kindergarten through fifth grade, officials said.

"All school buildings will be open on Sept. 6 and all will be in good condition," Hans Kullerkupp, vice president for project coordinator Cannon Design, told board members meeting Tuesday night in the high school.

Residents also were concerned about attendance boundaries being changed for the district's four elementary schools after the board decided to close School 6 on Benton Street last April.

Among rumors surfacing were that school officials were considering split sessions for elementary pupils because of the renovation projects.

Board President Robert Barlette discounted that rumor.

"It's a two-year project," he reassured.

Kullerkupp also said the "midterm report" showed the renovations and addition at the Middle School are proceeding on schedule. The addition will be enclosed by Aug. 24 and substantially completed by Nov. 3, he said.

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