Niagara Gazette

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March 25, 2013

Capital project planned

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Niagara Gazette — "We not only wanted a pool for the 21st Century, we wanted one that will last and function for a long time," Jones said last week during the district's school board meeting. "The tricky part is maximizing the building aid the project will receive. The state won't just pay to have a pool built, so we'll need to get as much aid as possible."

Aid for the district's project is believed to be 72 percent of all costs, assuming it's approved by voters and the state education department. The remaining 28 percent will be covered by the district's share of the relicensing agreement with the New York Power Authority and the Niagara River Greenway Commission.

The funding won't be available until the 2015-16 school year, though, so the project will be operating on a drawn-out timetable. But because of bidding and contractor work, the extended timetable may be what the district needs. It's expected the project would go out to bid in February 2014 and award contracts the next month.

That's when all of the contractors are looking for work, Jones said.

"That's right in the heat of winter," he said. "Everyone's hungry then. That's when we find that we get the best bids, so that's our target."

Tonight's school board meeting will adjourn into a budget work session which will feature requests by both the middle and high school principals as the district attempts to deal with a multimillion-dollar spending and revenue gap heading into next year. The meeting is open to the public to attend.

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