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February 27, 2013

TCSD capital plan over budget

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Tonawanda News — Because the stadium bids came in at or below projections, Buckley recommended moving forward with the stadium work immediately in order to ensure facilities will be open for fall sports.

A public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium to allow residents to weigh in on possible changes to the project, since Buckley said simply re-bidding the work usually results in even higher estimates.

”If you go out with the same project, invariably the bids will come back higher,” he said.

Just as importantly, Buckley said a big chunk of the expense — about $300,000 — is related to decorative wall panels in the music wing that are more expensive than originally thought. 

Simply eliminating the panels, however, may not save enough money when material and labor costs for a more basic brick-and-mortar approach are considered.

”We have some strategies to put it all back together,” he said.

The public are encouraged to speak at Thursday’s forum.

Also at Tuesday’s board meeting, board member Sharon Stuart was livid regarding what she said were “goading” comments posted over the last month on a Facebook page maintained by fellow board member Bob Starr.

Stuart said Starr repeatedly alluded to something he termed “the bam,” a term he allegedly coined in reference to the upcoming removal of a committee person serving the district.

Though Stuart didn’t say who Starr was referring to in the posts, she lashed out, calling the practice “disgusting” and a breach in protocol. 

After a lengthy executive session to discuss the matter behind closed doors, board member Demelt Shaw officially changed the reason for the abrupt sidebar from “board relations” to “potential litigation.”

Contact City Editor Neale Gulley at 534-4237.

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