Dunkirk School referendum vote set

The Dunkirk Board of Education officially set Dec. 3 from noon to 9 p.m. as the time eligible voters within the school district can vote on approving Phase IV of the EXCEL Aid Project.

Superintendent Gary Cerne reminded the public that there will only be one polling site on the day of the vote.

“The Dec. 3 referendum vote will be held in the auxiliary gym (in the high school), as we discussed,” he said. “We did our exit poll last year and, again, it saves us a few dollars rather than having all the polling sites.”

The $3.8 million Phase IV will entail work at the high school and is intended to finish up exterior site work, as well as some interior renovations inside the main building. The major components of the project that will be completed include an access road through Veteran’s Field behind the school from Van Miller Way to Marauder Drive, renovations and upgrades to various athletic fields, a new, 23-station computer lab and the relocation of the guidance office more toward the front of the school.

If the public approves the vote, Cerne said the next step will be final designing of the projects. Phase IV will begin the summer of 2015 and could potentially be completed within one construction season.

Also during the meeting, the board approved a contract extension for Dunkirk Police Officer Denise Zentz to continue on as the school resource officer for the new school year. Zentz has been the school’s SRO for several years already and will be paid $10,410.77 per month for her services. The contract will need to be renewed at the end of 2013.

A resolution approving the extension of transportation contracts for the new school year was also approved. The total cost of the services is about $618,000.

Several change orders for Phase III of the capital project were also approved during the meeting. The change orders total about $13,500. Phase III is expected to be completed next summer and will entail window work at the middle school and interior corridor work and an overhaul of the library media center at School Seven.

The board also approved the appointment of several staff members within the district, including two cleaners at $11.39 an hour, a temporary English teacher at a salary of $45,860 and a social worker at a salary of $44,445.

The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the large group instruction room of the administrative building.

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