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REVISED PLANS FOR NEW SCHOOL NOW IN ACCORD WITH BUDGETED AMOUNT

Plans for a new Chautauqua Lake Central School building are back in line with the budgeted amount approved by voters in December.

A preliminary schematic design for the building, which will house kindergarten through sixth grades, was $9 million over the $31.9 million budget approved by voters in December.

After cutting 30,000 square feet from the plans, architect Robin Mach Wednesday said the project is back on track.

"We have been trying to make the building much more efficient so that we can still fall within the overall budget," Mach said. "We are not cutting any programs and we are maintaining all of the classroom and other spaces, so that the district gets the product it is looking for."

Chautauqua Lake School Board President Jay Baker was relieved by the development.

"When we were $9 million over budget, we at first thought it would require some draconian measures to bring it back in line," he said.

"But what we are seeing is a beautiful school, and we still have 24,000 square feet more than what we currently have our children in."

Baker and Mach said the building is still on track for an opening in the fall of 2000.

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