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February 19, 2013

School board gets positive update on high school's portion of $26M capital plan

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Niagara Gazette — The project would build a new staircase between the first and second floors, which could open up the hallway and give it a new role in the building, Roser said.

"It makes that a real hallway," he said. "It'll help disperse the flow of traffic there, cause right now, it's considered a bit of a hallway to nowhere. But putting a set of stairs there addresses that."

Figuring out what work is needed, where to build improvements and how often to address issues isn't just guess work. Each school district is required by state law to perform building conditions surveys every five years, which is used to determine state aid formulas as well as provide priority for improvements.

Lew-Port is operating off its most recent survey, completed by Gordon Jones Associates in 2010, to determine what needs attention and what doesn't require immediate work.

A lot of the work the project addresses isn't as noticeable as new pools, locker rooms or entrance ways. Roser said much of the work officials are planning will address things people can't see. Heating, air conditioning, windows, doors and furniture will also need work.

"We're addressing many things you're not even seeing," Roser told the board.

Plans are also expected to include a new bus loop along the district's access road in front of the high school.

DiMatteo is expected to present similar updates about work proposed at other schools at a future meeting.

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