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Lockport voters approve school capital projects

LOCKPORT - Voters in the Lockport City School district approved a $28.66 million package of capital projects Tuesday, with half of the money targeted for improvements to academic facilities and building maintenance, and the other half for new or upgraded sports facilities.

The vote was 1,594 to 385.

The project will have no impact on property taxes, district officials said. State aid will pay for about $22.1 million, and the remainder will come from a district reserve fund which will have a balance of about $5.7 million after the work is paid for.

Plans include reconstruction of some high school science classrooms into science, technology, engineering and math labs; building maintenance in all district buildings; two new artificial turf baseball diamonds on newly donated property on Beattie Avenue; and the installation of artificial turf on existing athletic fields at the high school and at Emmet Belknap Intermediate School.

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