Cheektowaga Central School District votes to approve $16 million Capital Improvement Project

Posted at 10:34 PM, Dec 10, 2019

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Cheektowaga School District voted Wednesday to approve the Union East Elementary School Capital Improvement Project.

Over the last ten years, the school has witnessed an increase in enrollment numbers that exceeded prediction. The project focuses on making improvements to the Union East Elementary School, while also adding an additional wing to the building to accommodate the number of students.

Improvements to the project hit at three key categories: Improved student safety, addressing increased enrollment, and supporting student achievement. Safety additions include a new main entrance, fire system, security fencing. To accommodate new students, the project will add new classrooms, expand the cafeteria, and expand parking and student drop-off areas. In order to better support student learning, a new main office, A.I.S. (Academic Intervention Services) classroom, and a speech, occupational and physical therapy suite will be added.

The project is expected to total 16.4 million dollars. 47 percent of that total would be made up by additions to the school, the rest for alterations to the current building.

How much will this cost to the taxpayer?
Below is the average annual taxpayer cost based on exemption, per $100,000 home:

  • Enhanced STARwith VeteransExemption - $3.93
  • Enhanced STAR - $6.81
  • Basic STAR with Veterans Exemption - $10.72
  • Basic STAR - $13.61
  • Basic STAR - $13.61
  • No Exemption - $18.87

It is expected that the project will start in April 2021 with completion in September 2022

For more information, head to CheektowagaK12.org