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May 20, 2013

Residents head to polls Tuesday

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — If residents vote for approval on Tuesday, Barker school district residents will be taxed to fund the library.

As a result, Barker residents are also voting for candidates for Library Board. If the library is successful, Roy Anderson, James Trinder, Pamela Atwater, Terrence Upton, Henry Charache, Marilyn Zaciewski and Seanna Corwin-Bradley will become the new trustees.

• Polls will open from noon to 8 p.m. in the Herbert F. Ludwig Fine Arts Hall, 1628 Quaker Road.

Lockport

• Lockport City Schools residents will elect three board members to three-year terms from a group of candidates consisting of incumbents Diane Phelps, John Williams and Edward Sandell, as well as Randall Parker, Todd McNall and former BOE president Marietta Schrader.

• Voters will decide on an $83 million budget. The budget is a 3.96 percent or $3.1 million increase in spending and calls for a 2 percent or $692,000 increase in the tax levy, below Lockport’s tax cap of 5.04 percent.

The budget would require roughly $35.2 million from local taxes, as well as $39.67 million in state aid, which is about $966,000 or 2.5 percent more than what Lockport received during the current school year.

Along with the recently adopted $83 million budget, district residents will vote on a capital improvement project. The project will include a number of repairs and upgrades needed throughout the district, most of which were tagged in a state-mandated building condition survey.

The work includes enhancing the kitchens at the elementary schools, replacing the sidewalks at John Pound Early Childhood Center, installing emergency lights at various school buildings and an emergency generator at Charles Upson. Also improving vehicular and pedestrian access to Roy B. Kelley Elementary, while renovating bathroom facilities at Charlotte Cross School. A number of technology upgrades will also be done, including a new wireless network and digital signs for video streaming with large screen LCD panels.

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