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Orchard Park

Orchard Park School District officials want to move quickly after rolling out detailed plans for a $24.3 million capital project that consists mostly of health- and safety-related improvements.

The School Board could vote on it as early as Sept. 23 and residents on Nov. 18.

Already, officials are talking about the dire need for some of the work, and discussing having public and video tours of the facilities to educate the public on poor building conditions.

“This has been a real eye-opener to see how badly some of these things are,” said Board President Natalie A. Schaffer.

Of the total price tag, $22.5 million is for health- and safety-related improvements; there also would be a separate $1.8 million proposition to renovate the Middle School auditorium.

District officials emphasized, in particular, that old, leaky roofs need replacing in many schools, and the Middle School pool and auditorium. “I’m sure this project will create a lot of buzz in the community,” Schaffer said.

A public forum would be held before the referendum.

Jeffrey Petrus, assistant superintendent for business, said the district is trying to be proactive in prioritizing needs cited in a 2010 building condition survey, which identified $43 million worth of work needed.

This week:

• A free outdoor screening of “Despicable Me” will be shown tonight at the Chestnut Ridge Park as part of the annual Quaker Days celebration. The animated movie, which is rated “PG,” will begin at 8:45 p.m. and runs for 95 minutes. In case of rain, it’ll be moved inside the casino.

• A regular meeting of the Village Board begins at 7 p.m. Monday in the board room at the Municipal Center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.

• Aquarium of Niagara is presenting a “Touch Tank” from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the library, 4570 S. Buffalo St.