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Two carved wood signs decorated with gold leaf will point the way to Franklinville Central School's elementary and high school buildings before the snow flies, if the wishes of administrators and the Board of Education are granted.

Two computer-generated design options, estimated to cost $15,570 and covered under the district's continuing $14.475 million capital-improvements project, were chosen by board members Thursday night.

Officials said the expenses for the bases of the signs can be reduced if two pallets of brick, remaining from other construction work at the school, are used. Landscaping costs are projected at $3,000.

According to the computer-generated proposals from Signlanguage of Perry, the signs will be set up on the lawns in front of the two buildings, perpendicular to Route 16 and illuminated with floodlights. They will be adorned with a stylized springing panther, the school's emblem, and will read: "Franklinville Central School, Elementary" and "Ten Broeck Academy and Franklinville Central School, Junior/Senior High, Est. 1867."

Because of the amount of green space surrounding the elementary school, that marker will measure 4 feet high and 16 feet wide. The high school's sign will be somewhat smaller, at 4 feet high and 10 feet wide. They will replace a small stationary sign and a portable illuminated sign with interchangeable letters now in use.

The design is similar to other examples of the company's work that can be seen locally at Cattaraugus County Bank and Babbitt & Easton Funeral Home. A third sign is being readied for Bartholomew's Pharmacy.

"The designer feels it will set off the village like nobody's business," said Rick Hughes, a member of the Board of Education.

Hughes noted that the signmaker recommends placement of any electronic media signs closer to the buildings near an entrance, and those attending the session agreed.

In other business, architect Richard M. Gehring listed the tasks remaining and reported a balance of $101,376 in the construction budget for the school reconstruction, together with $8,084 in unspent incidental-account funds. He added that some savings will be realized from thee completion of several components of the job but pointed out a $797 deficit in the $400,000 budget for furniture, fixtures and equipment.

The board reviewed about 20 additional items costing about $60,000 and not included in the original project plans. Gehring said those could be completed using the balance of the construction budget, with some office improvements in the special-education department to be undertaken with some of the $36,000 that is projected to remain.

School Superintendent Richard M. Wachter authorized installation of a new pool timer, and Clerk of the Works Fred Plummer assured the board that the high school gymnasium will be completed by Oct. 30.

Plummer said the high school library is completed and has been turned over to the school district for completion and installation of bookcases, which have not yet arrived.

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