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Ken-Ton voters approve new spending

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Kenmore-Tonawanda voters approved a series of major construction projects for the district, as it readies to close three buildings.

Ken-Ton School District voters had two items on the ballot, the first for $30 million in repairs, renovations and upgrades.

Millions of dollars of that is to improve the remaining schools to handle the new students and operations.

With that project plan approved, the voters then approved a $22 million package of improvements and renovations for athletic and cultural facilities, like artificial turf for three schools and serious auditorium work in both high schools and Franklin and Hoover.

Ken-Ton Schools Superintendent Dawn Mirand said students win.

"It's going to give us the opportunity to continue to maintain our buildings, enhance our instructional programs and certainly one of the features is the artificial turf fields and the auditorium renovations, big wins for our students," Mirand said.

The Ken-Ton District is just coming off $59 million in renovations and improvements after not doing anything for many years until the future course of the shrinking district was clear.

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.