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Board agrees to bankroll state-mandated survey

West Seneca School Board members Monday night reluctantly agreed to spend about $60,000 for a state-mandated survey on the condition of the district buildings.

"I think it's totally foolish, but we have to do it," board member Janice E. Dalbo said before voting against the measure, which is required by the state Education Department.

District Finance Director Brian L. Schulz said state legislation passed in 1999 requires the survey to be done every five years "in perpetuity."

"This is the requirement," he said. "We abide by the requirement."

The board also approved an agreement with Buffalo Niagara Soccer for the use of the West Seneca Soccer Complex on Seneca Street for the West Seneca West High School season this fall.

Public hearing scheduled on Harlem Road rebuilding

Plans to rebuild Harlem Avenue in the Kensington Avenue-Cleveland Avenue area will be discussed at a public meeting at 7 p.m. today in the auditorium of Cleveland Hill High School.

Officials of the towns of Amherst and Cheektowaga will present examples of the proposed streetscaping improvements and conduct a survey of residents to determine the most popular ones. The results of the survey will be used to design the sidewalks, streetlights and other elements of the final plan.

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