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ATTICA VOTERS TO DECIDE ON BUDGET TODAY $10.7 MILLION SCHOOL SPENDING PLAN IS UP 6.4 PERCENT

Attica School District voters will go to the polls until 9 p.m. today to ballot on a proposed $10,726,957 budget, up $643,089 or 6.4 percent, and a $1,923,000 building improvement bond issue.

Voting is in the Senior High School.

Voters also will be asked to elect two school trustees for three-year terms. The candidates are James H. June, Beatrice C. Pfaff and Daniel D. Swartz. The latter two are incumbents.

In reviewing the budget, Schools Superintendent Edward A. Stores noted that the percentage of state aid has declined while the local tax levy has climbed to $2,982,856, up $379,668 from this year.

The School Board reduced the district staff by two by cutting two half-time posts and not replacing one retiring teacher.

District enrollment is expected to climb slightly, to 1,932 students, Stores said.

A three-year contract reached in negotiations between Attica's 140 teachers and the School Board has been ratified by both sides but not yet signed.

The pact would increase salaries by 9.8, 9.3 and 10 percent over the three-year period. By the third year, the starting salary of a teacher with a bachelor's degree would be $22,500 and after 18 steps would reach $44,300.

Teachers would receive an extra $33 for each graduate credit hour and a flat $500 boost for earning a master's degree.

Extra-curricular and coaching activities would earn additional pay.

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