The Depew School Board on Tuesday approved a $29,892 contract with Cannon Design to survey the condition of the district's buildings.
Joseph M. Farr, supervisor of buildings and grounds, said the state Education Department requires school districts to hire an outside architectural firm to perform such audits every five years.
"What they're looking for is any mechanical or structural deficiencies," Farr explained after Tuesday's meeting.
Farr said he did not expect that such deficiencies would be found by Cannon Design.
The audit, however, will assist district officials as they plan for future capital projects.
Also on Tuesday, the board heard a presentation on a professional development plan for the 2005-06 school year.
The plan, as outlined by Director of Instructional Services Heidi Salva, will include analyzing the needs of students and teachers in order to raise state test scores, establishing goals and a method of achieving them and creating a process to determine whether those goals are being met.
Cayuga Heights Elementary School in Depew was one of 17 elementary and middle schools in Western New York cited by the Business Council of New York State last year for improving both math and English test scores by at least 20 percent since 1999.
School officials also announced Tuesday that construction of the new playground at Cayuga Heights will take place Oct. 15-16.
Between 70 and 90 volunteers are being sought for each day to assist in the construction, which will start at 7 a.m. on both days.