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>Joint grant being sought to construct salt barn

SILVER CREEK -- The Silver Creek School Board on Wednesday approved a grant application with the Village of Silver Creek to construct a salt barn.

The $150,000 grant, being sought through the state Department of State, would be used to build a salt barn near the North Main Street municipal area. The village is involved in several projects to share services. Hanover Town Board members authorized a grant application Monday to consider sharing sewage disposal systems. The local contribution for the salt barn grant would be $7,500.

In other matters, bus schedules will change for students next September. Board members agreed to change the routes and have only a single run in the morning and late afternoon. Currently, buses run twice on each run, picking up older children first and later, elementary pupils.

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>School Board approves goals for the district

FREDONIA -- The Fredonia School Board has approved district goals, which will be in effect for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years.

The goals include providing a safe school environment; delivering a continuously improving education program for all students; incorporating technology into the district's programs; ensuring that each student develops a healthy lifestyle; and supporting programs in a fiscally responsible manner.

Superintendent Paul DiFonzo said during a meeting of the board Tuesday night that the goals will be used by the district's internal teams and departments.

In other business, Sally Piazza was welcomed as the new School Board member, finishing the term of Leonard Vento, who moved from the area. She will serve until June 30, 2008.

The board will next meet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the high school library.

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>Panel raising money for sports facility study

DUNKIRK -- The Chautauqua Multi-Use Sports Facility Committee has begun raising money for a study to determine if the Dunkirk area can financially support a $7 million to $10 million sports facility, committee President Don Horton said this week.

The cost of the study is $7,500. NRG Energy has proposed contributing $3,750 toward the study, leaving the remaining $3,750 to be raised by the committee.

The sports facility being proposed would have indoor turf fields, an ice rink, walking track, fitness center, meeting rooms, a game room and concession stand. It would be built in stages, according to Horton.

The committee received its 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status from the IRS in January of this year. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to Chautauqua Multi-Use Organizing Committee, P.O. Box 724, Dunkirk, NY 14048. More information about the project is available on the group's blog at cmusf.blogspot.com or by calling Horton at 640-7457.

The committee has been working on this proposed project for more than four years. Recently, members of the committee have been assessing various potential site locations in the Dunkirk area. No site has been selected as yet.

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