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3 DEFEATED CAPITAL PROJECTS GO UP FOR REVOTE ON DEC. 14

A Dec. 14 polling date was set Tuesday by the Lackawanna School Board for three capital project propositions that were defeated by voters last spring.

Voting will take place that Tuesday from noon to 9 p.m. only in the Senior High School, 500 Martin Road.

While board members agreed unanimously on scheduling the vote, John Makeyenko reiterated his position that balloting should be held in more than one location. "I'm for the propositions but not for the polling place," he said.

At a total cost of $1.99 million, the average homeowner would have to pay almost $7 more a year in taxes during a five-year repayment period, district officials said previously.

The three propositions involve rebuilding the athletic track field and installing a new football and soccer scoreboard; restoration work on walls at the original high school building, McKinley School and the senior high school library, as well as rehabilitation of the swimming pool; and work on the high school parking lot and tennis court, as well as construction of a driveway around the sides and back of Martin Road Elementary School.

Also on Tuesday, the board:

Voted to restore advisers for more co-curricular activities that were not funded in the contingency budget. The money came from the board's travel and conference account.

Restored were the international, explorers and tech honors clubs at the middle school, and ski, jazz and international clubs, and the assembly and state coordinator, at the high school.

Accepted notice of the impending retirement of Joseph Gonsiorek, assistant principal at Martin Road Elementary School. Gonsiorek was hired by the district in November 1954.

Voted to restore the job of a part-time security officer to monitor the lunch periods at the high school. The assignment is for approximately three hours on days when high school lunches are being served to students; a fund transfer of $5,867 will pay for the security.

"This is not being done because of any problem in the lunch period," School Superintendent Paul G. Hashem emphasized; it strictly is a proactive approach.

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