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Vote will determine millions in spending in Ken-Ton

Kenmore-Tonawanda School District voters decide Tuesday on a massive series of construction projects in buildings across the district.

The Ken-Ton District is just finishing up a $59 million group of projects and now it's asking for approval of two more project arrays.

This one is slightly more complicated because voters have to approve a $30 million renovation and expansion group of projects before they can approve $22 million for sports and arts facilities across the district.

Ken-Ton School Board President Bob Dana said this represents million of dollars in work to prepare for closing three schools.

"We had to wait until the decisions were made to be able to prioritize and be able to pare down the work that we wanted to have done until the decisions were made what buildings were going to remain, you know," Dana said.

"Some of the work that is being done is being done specifically to accommodate the changes that are going to be taking place."

That includes projects like a new gym at Kenmore East or new lockers at Kenmore West and doors,windows and roofs across Ken-Ton.

If Proposition 1 is approved, voters will decide on artificial turf fields at Adams, Crosby and Ken-West and enhanced auditoriums in both high schools as well as those in Franklin and Hoover.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.