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Niagara Falls to vote on $55 million in school upgrades

Four Niagara Falls elementary schools will get air conditioning if at least 60 percent of voters approve a $55 million package of school building projects in a Dec. 12 referendum.

The Board of Education unanimously approved the plan Thursday. Superintendent Mark R. Laurrie said a supermajority is needed at the polls because bonding for the up-front cost of the project pushes the district over its legal borrowing limit.

State aid would reimburse 98 percent of the cost. The district has grant money on hand to pay the remainder, Laurrie said.

Besides air conditioning for Maple, Mann, 79th Street and Hyde Park schools, the package also includes numerous roof and masonry repairs, a hot-food kitchen at 79th Street and repaving of the high school parking lot.

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