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December 17, 2013

Capital project discussed

Niagara Gazette — What began as an emergency measure to address some deteriorating conditions of various facilities within Lewiston-Porter's middle and high schools will soon be a completed capital project.

School District Superintendent Christopher Roser said a final punch list is being developed to determine the completion of its $2.7 million project approved by voters in May 2012.

"We'll have our contractors and construction manager go around and make sure everything supposed to be done is done," he said. "It's to establish the project's finally completed. And it looks like we'll have a fair amount of money left over, about $800,000."

Originally proposed to make structural improvements to some particularly problematic areas, including the high school's roof and the pools in both buildings, the left over money is both a great indicator of performance and a blessing for other work the district needs done, Roser told the district's school board during its monthly meeting Tuesday.

It will be used to jumpstart some of the smaller aspects of the district's larger, $24 million project set to give the high school a facelift starting in 2015. Pieces of the puzzle, like a fix for an outdated public address and bell system at the high school, will come from this money instead of waiting for funding from the bigger project.

"The infrastructure is falling down around us," Roser said. "We can't get to our project fast enough."

The district will also look to purchase a backup generator for the middle school using the money, Roser said.

In other school board news, a settlement may be on the horizon in a lawsuit filed against the district by a former employee.

School Board President Michael Gentile didn't address the lawsuit specifically following an executive session Tuesday, but said the board did authorize Roser to sign a negotiated settlement prior to adjourning the meeting.

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