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LANCASTER BOARD GIVES BUDGET LAST LOOK VOTERS DECIDING ON $28.2 MILLION SCHOOL PLAN TODAY

The Lancaster Board of Education Tuesday evening reviewed its 1989-90 budget for the final time before residents vote on it today in Lancaster High School.

Dr. Joseph L. Girardi, schools superintendent, reviewed the proposed $28.2 million budget, which receives more than 50 percent of its funding from district property taxes.

If approved, the budget will increase taxes by 41 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

An estimated $14,882,846 is for instruction, which includes equipment and salaries, Girardi said.

About 24 percent of the budget is reserved for debt and other financial responsibilities. The total figure, $6,690,762, represents costs for retirement payments, Social Security, and health and unemployment insurance.

Also included in this category are payments on long-term bonds for building and renovation, he added.

Residents also will vote on a proposition for the purchase of 11 59-passenger school buses. The buses would replace the district's pre-1977 buses, which do not meet safety regulations.

The cost for the buses is a maximum of $495,000. A total of 90 percent of that figure would be reimbursed by the state.

Voters also will elect a board member to a five-year term, to succeed Richard Vattimo. William Janiga, 56 Pheasant Run Lane; James R. Huffman, 8 Bradley Drive, and Bette Stonebraker, 616 Harris Hill Road are vying for the post.

Thomas Young of 5642 Broadway Ave., an incumbent trustee, is running unopposed for a five-year post.

Officials Tuesday also announced the district will receive a $133,830 energy-conservation grant from the federal government shortly after July.

The money will be used to help reduce energy consumption in district schools, officials said.

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