Tonawanda News — Casal also pointed out the aspects of the project that came in over budget, including the expensive paneling and the glass that would be used in the addition.
“Why were such expensive materials being proposed in the first place?” she said.
The board’s discussions with Wendel and Pike are continuing, and representatives from both companies will attend the next school board meeting to discuss the project.
Meanwhile, district officials said construction on the stadium will begin as soon as the contract is signed.
Prior to the board meeting, the budget advisory team met with the school board. During the meeting, Smilinich asked Director of Facilities Paul Maziarz to reduce his maintenance budget by $50,000 based on the closing of Central School.
In response, Elizabeth Olka, who sits on the team, cautioned Maziarz.
“Paul, seriously ... if you can’t do it, don’t do it,” she said.
Maziarz said he will likely end up with a surplus after this year, and that Central School may soon be sold.
“I met with the realtor again, and they might have a buyer for the building,” Maziarz said. “I will look at the utility costs again.”Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150