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Athletic campus architect appointed

The Tonawanda City School Board has taken the next step toward changing the district's athletic campus -- including a new football stadium -- by appointing an architectural firm for the capital project.

In recent months, the district also has made several moves toward consolidating all facilities to the area of Tonawanda High/Middle School. But the first phase of the plan is to revamp the athletic campus, including moving Clint Small Stadium -- currently isolated from other district buildings -- to the high school campus, along with new soccer fields and a track.

The second phase, which is still in discussion, would combine the district's three elementary schools into one facility at the Fletcher Elementary School site -- across the street from Tonawanda High/Middle School.

Both capital projects will require voter approval.

The School Board, which hired its architect last week, had heard presentations about the athletic campus from three local firms in October. The board ultimately agreed to work with Wendel Duchscherer Architects and Engineers, and then determine the capital project's cost.

"[Wendel Duchscherer] really keyed in on the tradition of Tonawanda," said Sharon Stuart, board president. "We appreciate the pride and tradition that took place [at Clint Small Stadium], and we'll carry it over to the next complex."

The proposed project would also revamp a portion of the high school building by adding new music and arts rooms.

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