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Clarence voters give big support to school capital projects

Voters in the Clarence Central School District gave overwhelming approval to a pair of capital improvement projects in a referendum Monday.

A $27.9 million repair and maintenance project was passed, 1,315 to 274. It will provide for a variety of improvements, including roof replacements, heating and ventilating upgrades and technology updates, at all six of the district’s classroom buildings and the bus garage.

Also passed, by a vote of 1,096 to 493, was a $5 million proposal to renovate the district’s athletic fields and install artificial turf for the football stadium and the baseball and softball diamonds.

State aid will cover about 70 percent of the projects. Estimated annual cost to the owner of a home valued at $200,000 would be $46 a year for 15 years.