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North Collins Central School officials are continuing to search for the best way to add to the small district's already squeezed facilities.

"The effort that began last spring with committee meetings and public meetings will reach a decision by the end of the school year next spring," said Superintendent Gary Nicholson. The 800-pupil district has an elementary school building and a high school building.

North Collins officials are anxious to continue to cooperate with the Erie II-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative Educational Services, which has been renting 10 North Collins classrooms.

"BOCES would like to continue renting 10 classrooms, seven in one building and three in the other. BOCES prefers to rent five in each," Nicholson said.

The importance of the BOCES rentals was made clear recently when North Collins received an $18,000 check for BOCES rentals last summer. All told, North Collins last year received about $82,000 in BOCES money, a significant sum for a small district.

Paul Hedine of Jamestown's Habitera architectural firm showed North Collins school trustees several possible configurations for building expansion. District committees will review the options.

Among the difficulties are a space shortage in the elementary school, the age of the high school and the need for a better gymnasium.

The School Board has taken a small modernization step when it voted to spend $4,000 to augment the high school telephone system to replace the aging public address system.

"My goal is to find a way to expand North Collins buildings in ways that will serve BOCES' needs with minimal costs to North Collins taxpayers," Nicholson said.

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