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The Silver Creek School Board Wednesday approved election inspectors and clerks for the Sept. 23 vote on a $6 million capital project that carries no tax increase.

Voting will be from 1 to 9 p.m. in the high school lobby.

The final in a series of public information sessions on the project is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday in the district's Crowe Commons area.

District officials have said the project will carry no tax increase based on 85 percent state aid, an additional 10 percent in enhanced state aid and a performance energy contract guaranteed to save the district $39,000 per year.

The need to expand classroom space and to update technology are the key factors in the project, which includes the construction of 11 classrooms and $1.5 million in technology improvements.

Increased class sizes -- classes are taught in hallways and split classrooms -- limited resources and lack of storage space are prompting the proposed addition of four elementary classrooms and seven secondary-school classrooms.

A newsletter published by the district points out that enrollment is level, but the new state Department of Education learning standards and an increase in special-education programs are creating the classroom shortage.

Programs the district has implemented to meet new state standards include double English sessions, extended math classes, math labs and a computer course required for graduation. Additionally, computer equipment needed to keep the district "current" requires a significant amount of space.

The elementary classroom plan calls for one classroom each for regular education and special education, a computer lab and a distance video room. In the high school, there would be three special-education classrooms, three regular education classrooms and one distance video room.

The district examined a plan to provide classroom space for Board of Cooperative Educational Services students in return for a fee but decided it would not be cost-effective.

Under the technology portion of the proposal, computers would be replaced and upgraded in grades 3 through 5 and the high school computer lab, computers in the elementary and high school libraries would be improved and an elementary school computer lab would be created.

Additionally, networks linking the computer systems would be upgraded, and 12 video projectors would be purchased.

If voters approve the project, the state will give the district until September 1999 to complete the work. If the project is rejected, the district may present it for another vote.

In other business, the board announced that collection of school taxes will take place from Sept. 10 to Oct. 9. Taxes collected after that date but before Nov. 9 will be subject to a 2 percent penalty.

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