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7 candidates interviewed for school superintendent

SALAMANCA -- The Salamanca School Board this week interviewed seven candidates for superintendent, a job that will start July 1.

The district received 14 applications, said Superintendent J. Douglas Hay, who will retire at the end of this school year.

Robert Olczak, superintendent of Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES, is helping with the search process.

The School Board plans to reduce the number of candidates to three, who will be invited to meet with school staff and students and the public April 25-27, before a final selection is made.

Their names will be made public at that time, Hay said.

The school has advertised a salary range of $120,000 to $150,000, but Hay said a final salary determination will be based on the experience of the chosen candidate.

Hay currently is paid a salary is $130,000.

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Grant to aid roof repair at Richardson Complex

The Richardson Olmsted Complex has received $200,000 through a Save America's Treasures grant to fund part of a slate roof replacement estimated to cost $493,000 on Towers Building 45.

The additional funds, and a new copper roof projected to cost $635,000 will be paid for with state funds approved under the Pataki administration, with the work slated to occur in 2012.

The original roof was removed more than 30 years ago and replaced with asphalt shingles, now in poor condition. The copper cladding is approximately 100 years old and in need of replacement.

In addition, Empire State Development this week authorized the final Generic Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Completion, as required.

The agency is expected to vote its approval for the General Project Plan in mid-April, which will mean the remainder of the $76 million set aside for the project can be used for construction.

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Barton Hill Hotel sued over failure to pay taxes

LEWISTON -- The Lewiston-Porter School District sued the Barton Hill Hotel this week over failure to pay its taxes.

In a suit filed Thursday in State Supreme Court in Lockport, the school district asserted that the financially troubled 72-room hotel owes $33,140, including penalties and interest, on an unpaid payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, payment for the 2009-10 school year.

After Barton Hill failed to make that and other PILOT payments, the county Industrial Development Agency revoked the PILOT deal.

The lawsuit says the hotel also has not paid its $78,923 school tax bill, including interest and penalties, for the current school year.

Niagara County sued the hotel last month for $67,178 in delinquent PILOT payments.

The hotel also is listed on the county tax foreclosure list and is vulnerable to a mortgage foreclosure order threatened by its mortgage holder, Iddleson Group, which says it is owed more than $9 million.

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