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The North Tonawanda Board of Education Monday evening awarded four contracts for a total of $1.9 million for a technological (computer) upgrade and new communication systems in school district buildings.

New communication systems to replace obsolete equipment in the high school complex on Meadow Drive, two middle schools and six elementary schools will cost $1.47 million.

Board President Ernest R. Green III noted that it is $112,000 under budget as part of a $9.1 million district facility improvement project approved by voters last spring.

A separate contract for $430,250 was awarded to Telergy of Williamsville to complete upgrading of the district's computer system begun three years ago, School Superintendent John H. George said.

The new communication systems includes internal and external telephone systems, public address systems, intercoms and school clocks.

Low bidders awarded contracts for the communication systems are:

Industrial Power & Lighting, $658,300 (Drake, Gilmore, Grant and Ohio Elementary schools and Reszel Middle School).

Point to Point Networks, $745,517 (Meadow Campus, including the high school, Lowry Middle School and Spruce Elementary).

Ferguson Electrical Construction, $66,600 (District Administration Building).

Work will begin immediately, George said.

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