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January 22, 2020
Please learn about the project and vote on
 Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Hoover Middle School (use the Sheridan Drive entrance).
For in-depth information, visit or click the links below for:

Attend the final public forum on Thursday, January 30, 2020 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Kenmore Middle School Building (155 Delaware Road) in the Community Room. Learn more about the public forums here .
Project Funding ($75 million):
Project Scope by Category:
The proposed Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Capital Project will address the capital needs and priorities of the district’s nine schools, which are between 60 and 90 years old. The $75 million project would be funded primarily through New York State Education Department Building Aid with additional funding from the district’s capital reserve. The impact on property taxes has been calculated to be $16.80 per $100,000 of assessed full market value annually. Comprehensive planning has taken place to identify areas of need in all schools. This project will encompass critical maintenance and construction work as well as enhancements that will have the greatest impact upon student life, learning, health, and safety.
Drinking Water Pipe Replacement
(All Schools):

Domestic drinking water pipes will be replaced in all schools. After extensive water testing and replacement of plumbing fixtures in recent years, this is the final step to maximize water quality and ensure that water from all fixtures is lead-free.

Pictured: A non-potable water fixture inside an Edison Elementary School restroom.
New Drop-Off/Pick-Up Zones
(Edison, Hoover, Kenmore East, Kenmore West):

New parent pick-up/drop-off zones and bus loading/unloading zones will be constructed at four locations to enhance student safety and alleviate traffic congestion during arrival and dismissal.

Pictured: An aerial view as students arrive at the Hoover Complex.
Adaptive Playground:

A new adaptive/inclusive playground at a site to be determined will provide a safe place of play for children of all abilities. The playground, which would include equipment and features appropriate for children of all abilities, would be open to all students.

Pictured: An example of an adaptive playground, designed for children of all abilities.
Artificial Turf Fields (Kenmore East): 

Similar to the fields at Kenmore West, this facility will include artificial turf baseball/softball fields and a multipurpose (e.g. soccer, lacrosse) field. This will provide both schools with access to their own safer, more reliable fields, since Kenmore West currently shares its fields with Kenmore East teams/athletes.

Pictured: The current playing fields at Kenmore East High School.
Classroom Additions
(Hoover, Lindbergh, Edison):

The planned classroom additions will meet the need for additional classroom space at these three schools in the most cost-effective manner for taxpayers.

Pictured: An English as a New Language (ENL) class meets in what used to be the Lindbergh Elementary auditorium balcony, which had been converted into a classroom.
Single Points of Entry (All Schools):

Each school’s Single Point of Entry will be renovated and improved so that each school has a more secured entrance to enhance safety and security while school is in session.

Pictured: The Door #1 checkpoint at Holmes Elementary School.
“Baker”-Style Pool Drains (Franklin Middle, Hoover Middle, Kenmore East):

New safer “Baker”-style pool drains will be installed in middle/high school swimming pools to enhance swimmer safety.

Pictured: The current pool drains at the Kenmore East High School pool.
Gym Upgrades/Renovations (Franklin Middle, Hoover Middle, Kenmore West):

Upgrades and renovations at these schools’ decades-old gymnasium facilities will enhance physical education/athletics programs and community activities.

Pictured: The Kenmore West High School "small gymnasium," the school's original 80-year-old gym.
Partial/Whole Roof Replacement (Holmes, Franklin Middle, Hoover Middle, Kenmore East, Kenmore West):

The project will include the replacement of the entirety of the Holmes Elementary roof, and partial roof replacement at the middle/high schools.

Pictured: The Holmes Elementary School roof.
Other (All Schools):

Other critical capital work is planned such as parking lot/sidewalk resurfacing at all schools, new carbon monoxide detectors at all schools, window replacement and classroom/office renovations at Edison and Lindbergh Elementary, and unisex single-occupant restrooms at middle/high schools.

Pictured: Sidewalks outside Franklin Middle School.
Voting Date, Time & Location:
7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Hoover Middle School (use the Sheridan Drive entrance)
Voter Qualifications
  • Registered to vote by five days prior to Feb. 5, 2020; U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older; resident of the district for 30 days prior to the vote
  • Proof of citizenship, age, and residency required
  • You do not have to register if you are already registered with the Erie County Board of Elections or have voted within the past four years.

Absentee Ballot Information
  • Contact the District Clerk at (716) 874-8400 ext. 20342 for an absentee ballot application.
  • Those who already receive absentee ballots do not need to apply.
  • Applications must be received no later than seven days prior to Feb. 5, 2020. Absentee ballots must arrive no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2020.