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DISTRICT LOOKS AT NEEDS OF ITS SCHOOLS

School 7 on Lake Shore Drive East was toured Thursday by the district's Elementary Facilities Study Committee, which also met to discuss the future of all district elementary facilities.

Cannon Design presented figures to show that bringing School 4 on Central Avenue up to code would cost an estimated $2.8 million and School 5 on Brigham Road, $3.1 million. Figures are not yet available for School 7.

Committee members considered the direction of the study, and whether neighborhood schools would be able to continue.

Three members of the committee said they were open-minded about closing neighborhood schools.

"They are not neighborhood schools, but schools in neighborhoods," one member said.

Superintendent Carl Militello emphasized the educational problems of the district and noted that test scores must be raised because Dunkirk's scores are low.

Also, additional space is needed for the 11 percent of the student population requiring special education classes, more than 60 percent who need remedial work and 9 percent who require English as a second language classes.

Hans Kullerkupp of Cannon Design said about $15 million would be needed to bring the district's four elementary buildings up to code, and this would still not alleviate the space problem.

Committee members agreed they need to obtain cost figures for new additions to School 3 on Route 60 and School 7. Kullerkupp plans to meet with Militello to discuss needs.

The committee also wants cost estimates on constructing a new school.

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