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Scope of Niagara-Wheatfield’s capital building project coming into focus

SANBORN – Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District officials are about a month away from unveiling the scope of the capital building project that has been in the works for nearly a year.

Although the proposal will not be the final capital projects package put to voters, the presentation to the School Board on Sept. 7 likely will feature an abridged version of the $48.3 million in improvements listed from a comprehensive architectural survey that was completed in 2015, according to School Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich.

Ljiljanich said the size of the package to be brought to the board would cost about a third of that included on the comprehensive list. The project committee, along with project manager Turner Management Corp., has selected the most critical improvements for the district.

The superintendent said one of the key improvements is new roofing for the high school and middle school buildings. If the project is approved according to timeline, the roof work would begin next summer, he said. Also included in the first phase of the work would be paving.

The second and final phase of the project would include improvements in the security systems throughout the district’s buildings and technology additions to be initiated in 2018.

Ljiljanich said he expects the board to approve the tentative project at the Sept. 27 meeting. The vote is projected for Nov. 15.

The board, by creating a capital outlay, has provided $100,000 for some of the work in the current budget. Such money in ensuing years would be reimbursed by about 88 percent in state aid, officials said.

In another matter, the board said it needs to consider school supply requests of teachers for the beginning of the year. Board President Steve Sabo suggested the board look into making bulk purchases through the district for the classes becausem some parents are unable to afford school supplies for their children.

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