City voters approve $83.7M capital project, school budget

Submitted by LaBella This rendering from the LaBella engineering firm shows what Dunkirk’s athletic fields would look like if a capital project is approved by district voters. Extensive renovations would include new lights and playing surfaces for the baseball and softball fields.

Voters in the Dunkirk City School District have approved all aspects of an $83.7 million capital project that was broken down in three propositions. The most contentious of the projects included Proposition Four, which will put in air conditioning at all district classrooms.

That cost of $24.9 million was approved by a 254-246 margin and includes an estimated tax hike of 1.2%.

Propositions Two and Three will not bring a tax increase to district voters and includes an office addition at the junior/senior high school, resurfacing of the track and the football field, and auditorium, cafeteria and media center renovations.

The proposition also covers work on the junior/senior high school cafeteria, reconfiguring of parking areas at School 3, School 7 and the middle school, and a classroom addition at School 7. Proposition Two costs $53.3 million.

Proposition Three adds lighting to the baseball and softball fields and tennis courts. All three would get resurfaced, the fields with synthetic turf. Erection of a toilet room building for the athletics area is also planned. Proposition Three would cost $5.3 million.

In addition, the district’s annual budget — totaling more than $58 million, passed 329-172.


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