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PUBLIC RESPONSE CALLED NIL ON SCHOOL PROJECT

Niagara-Wheatfield School Superintendent Judith Howard told the School Board on Wednesday that, other than a handful of administrators, no one showed up for an Oct. 13 informational session on the $37.7 million capital project that voters will consider Nov. 17.

The project, designed to meet enrollment growth, features additions to West Street Elementary, the high school and Edward Town Middle School, as well as upgrades and repairs to the Errick Road and Colonial Village schools.

Funding for the project would be through several bonds to be paid off in four or five years. The property-tax impact would be less than 1 percent a year during that period, officials said.

Wheatfield's housing boom has resulted in the addition of about 500 more children in classrooms since 1994. Most of the growth is at Errick Road and the high school, officials said.

On the evening of the vote, the board plans to meet in Errick Road School, which is the location of the polls. Voting is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The board meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

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