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More details emerge on capital project for East Aurora School District

An update to the proposed $21.8 million capital facilities project for the East Aurora School District was discussed during a meeting of the School Board on Wednesday.

Superintendent Brian D. Russ said the bulk of the work being discussed is at the middle and high schools, but also includes what he would like to see completed at Parkdale Elementary, including a new air-conditioning unit “not included in the previous project.”

The scope of the final proposal has yet to be determined ahead of a referendum, which has not yet been scheduled.

Updating heating and ventilation systems is especially important, he said, because the current systems were installed in the 1950s.

Russ also said there is a need to improve fiber-optics to use the Smart School system “as efficiently as possible.”

A greeting station is being proposed for the middle school entrance, allowing “easier access to the building,” Russ said. “The greeter will be behind glass.”

Also proposed for the middle school are improvements to the main office, including more glass to enhance visual contact with the corridor – “something similar to what we have in the high school,” Russ added.

Other middle school proposals include improvements to the masonry and music area and replacing the roof, which dates back to 1995.

Plans for the high school include replacing a roof and a skylight, Russ said.

Brian D. Kelley, president of Mach Architecture in Williamsville, said that now is the right time to replace the skylight, which typically lasts 20 years.

Wall repairs and paving the parking lot also are likely, Russ said.

New carpet, gymnasium bleachers and locker room upgrades, including new showers with more privacy, are on the radar screen, the superintendent added.

Cafeteria upgrades could include more refrigeration and oven capacity. A faculty lounge adjacent to the cafeteria would be renovated to include serving stations, Russ said.