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October 11, 2013

Wilson voters to consider project

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Wilson School District residents will be voting on Dec. 3 on a $4.5 million capital improvement project.

The project will address a number of updating and renovating needs in each of the district’s buildings, as well as adding safety features and improving energy efficiency. It will cover a variety of fix-ups and will not include any building additions. The improvements were recommended by a state-mandated building condition survey, which is required of school districts every five years.

The items covered in the project would the improvements left out of the previous capital project, the $4 million initiative approved by voters in October 2010.

And, like that project, the 2013 initiative will not affect taxes, said Business Administrator John Montesanti. The cost will be covered by some combination of capital reserve use and state aid.

At their meeting Tuesday night, Wilson Board of Education members voted to put the project up for a public vote for Dec. 3.

The work will be districtwide in each of Wilson’s buildings. That includes W.H. Stevenson Elementary School, said Mark Rampado, director of facilities in Wilson, which board members voted Tuesday night to close at the conclusion of the 2013-14 school year in June.

District officials said they want to maintain the building when it is closed. So that means items like fixing Stevenson’s roof will be on the agenda.

Located in Ransomville, Stevenson first opened in the 1930s. About 250 kids are housed in the school.

• Also on Tuesday, Board of Education members pulled a resolution from the meeting agenda for approving a revised superintendent sharing agreement with the Newfane School District. President George Waters said the reason was that board members didn’t have a chance to go over the new deal.

The contract, which allows Wilson Superintendent Michael Wendt to work as interim superintendent at Newfane, was adopted by the Newfane School Board last week. The only change to the document is there is no longer an expiration date, allowing Newfane to take its time in finding a superintendent without having to keep updating the agreement, Newfane officials said last week.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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